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Former Texas congressman found guilty of 23 felonies

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HOUSTON (AP) - The Latest on the conviction of former Texas Rep. Steve Stockman on fraud and conspiracy charges:
    
A federal judge has ordered former Texas Rep. Steve Stockman to be taken into custody following the ex-congressman's conviction on fraud and conspiracy charges.
    
U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal says the 61-year-old Republican was a flight risk.
    
Federal prosecutors said Stockman conspired with two staffers to bilk conservative foundations out of at least $775,000 that was meant for charitable purposes and voter education.
    
A jury on Thursday found Stockman guilty on 23 of the 24 counts he faced. Those include counts of mail and wire fraud, conspiracy, making false statements to the Federal Elections Commission and money laundering.  He was found not guilty on one count of wire fraud.
    
Each fraud count carries up to 20 years in prison. The judge has scheduled a sentencing hearing for Aug. 17.
    
    
A federal jury has convicted a former Texas congressman of fraud and conspiracy for misusing charitable donations to pay for personal and political expenses.
    
Republican Steve Stockman was found guilty Thursday following a three-week trial in Houston.
    
Federal prosecutors said Stockman conspired with two staffers to bilk conservative foundations out of at least $775,000 that was meant for charitable purposes and voter education.
    
A campaign worker and an aide both previously pleaded guilty to various charges.
    
Stockman's attorney has said Stockman committed no crime. Following his arrest in March 2017, Stockman said a "deep state" shadow government was targeting him.
    
Stockman served in the U.S. House from 1995 until 1997, and again from 2013 to 2015, in a district covering an area east of Houston.

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