Ex-Shays Aide Escapes FEC Fine for Embezzlement

Posted November 23, 2010 at 4:18pm

The Federal Election Commission will not fine a former aide who embezzled campaign funds from ex-Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.), although he must repay more than $252,000 in funds.

In a decision released Tuesday, the FEC stated that Michael Sohn will also be barred from working or volunteering on a federal political committee for 10 years.

Sohn was indicted on related charges in December 2009, and entered a plea agreement in March. In September, a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut sentenced him to 37 months in prison and ordered Sohn to pay more than $348,000 in restitution, including $252,000 to Shays’ campaign committee. Sohn will pay approximately $95,000 to the IRS with interest.

Sohn is scheduled to begin serving his term Nov. 30.