Legacy: Former Ted Kennedy Staffer Convicted of Stealing From the Senate

Why do I not find this very surprising?

Sen. Edward Kennedy’s (D-Mass.) former office manager was convicted on Tuesday of stealing more than $75,000 from the Senate.

Ngozi Pole was found guilty on five counts of wire fraud and one count of theft of government property. For at least 4 years, Pole submitted fraudulent paperwork that caused the Senate to pay him larger bonus payments than either Kennedy or his chief of staff had approved, according to the Justice Department.

The Maryland resident faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years for each of the fraud charges and up to 10 years in prison for the theft of government property charge.

Only in the public sector are you allowed to process your own bonus payment.

Kennedy’s staffer must feel lousy — I mean, his old boss killed somebody and was nevertheless lionized as a champion of the working class for several decades, and this guy steals a few thousand dollars and he’s probably going to prison for as long as Teddy was in the Senate.