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Former Senator Martha McSally’s former deputy campaign manager pleaded guilty on Friday to stealing more than $ 115,000 from her campaign, according to the US Department of Justice.
Anthony Barry, 33, admitted stealing money from the McSally for Senate Campaign in 2018 and 2019.
“Martha McSally appreciates the FBI’s efforts to resolve this case,” said Dylan Lefler, former McSally campaign manager, according to the Arizona Republic.
Lefler said the campaign alerted authorities two years ago when they found out what he was doing.
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Barry used his position to fraudulently order the campaign to pay him beyond his salary and he deposited the illicit funds into a private bank account, the Justice Department said in a press release.
He pleaded guilty to a number of illegal campaign money exchanges and was sentenced to up to five years in prison.
In February 2018, Barry reportedly made between $ 8,000 and $ 9,000 a month, according to the Republic, but in November, the month of the election, he brought in $ 45,000.
In 2019, his last payment in June of that year made between $ 12,000 and $ 34,000 a month, the republic reported.
He is due to be sentenced on July 6th.
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Doug Ducey, an Arizona Republican, appointed McSally to fill a Senate position created when former Senator Jon Kyl resigned after he was named after Senator John McCain’s death in that year To temporarily occupy the seat that became vacant in 2018.
But McSally lost an offer to complete McCain’s term in a 2020 special election. Prior to her appointment, she had previously lost an offer to succeed former Senator Jeff Flake in 2018.
The US Air Force veteran previously worked at the US House from 2015 to 2019.