A United States congressman pleaded guilty on Tuesday to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds. The illegal uses of these funds included air tickets for his pet rabbits and video games from Steam.
Our story begins in 2016, when Duncan D. Hunter (R-CA) was interviewed by investigators for the first time on how he managed to afford the lavish lifestyle of his family. The San Diego Union Tribune reported that among the issues in question were Steam Games worth $ 1,302. Since then, Hunter’s wife, Margaret E. Hunter, has been involved in the scandal.
Tuesday’s news release from the US Department of Justice adds an extra color to what the couple now plead guilty to:
As stated in the indictment, the hunters stole money from the campaign for unimportant things like fast food, movie tickets and sneakers. as trivial as video games, Lego sets and Playdoh; as banal as food, dog food and aids; and as rampant as luxury hotels, overseas holidays, and plane tickets to her pet rabbits, Eggburt, and Cadbury – all while her family was otherwise heavily in debt.
According to the same press release, the maximum sentence in this case is five years in prison and a $ 250,000 fine – or about 6,251 copies of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, currently the best-selling game on Steam.