Ex-Kennedy Aide In Fraud Bust

Feds: Senate worker stole $75,000 in bonus scheme

Ngozi Pole

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Ex-Kennedy Aide In Fraud Bust

DECEMBER 15--The former office manager for the late Senator Ted Kennedy was indicted today on federal theft and fraud charges for allegedly pocketing more than $75,000 in unauthorized bonus payments over five years.

Ngozi Pole, 39, was named today in a six-count felony indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. (a copy of the charging document can be found here). According to prosecutors, Pole, pictured at left, was in charge of processing bonus payments approved by either Kennedy or his chief of staff.

These payments, according to the indictment, came in two forms: a "holiday bonus" paid in December or January, and an "end-of-the-fiscal-year bonus" paid after September 30. The holiday bonuses ranged between $1000 and $2000, while the fiscal year bonuses "generally ranged from $3000 to $5000." These bonuses were not paid in lump sums, rather Kennedy employee salaries "were raised for a short period, after which employees' annual salaries were returned to their prior levels."

Pole has been accused of keeping his salary at the inflated level for more than the prescribed period. From 2002-2007 he illegally pocketed more than $75,000, according to the indictment, and hid these larger-than-authorized payouts by submitting falsified records to successive Kennedy chiefs of staff. (12 pages)

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I lived next door and no Ngozi pretty well I never would have thought he would do this,crazy.