Former House Staffer Pleads Guilty to Theft

A former House staffer, Brian Prokes, pleaded guilty Friday to theft of government property while serving as an office manager, Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell announced in a press release. According to Legistorm, Prokes, 28, worked for Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., at the time of the theft and previously worked as a scheduler for then-Gov. Charlie Crist. According to the Department of Justice, Prokes' job duties included transmitting salaries and bonuses to the House's Office of Payroll and Benefits. He admitted that between April 2012 and March 2013, he submitted unauthorized paperwork giving himself a larger salary and bonus. He also admitted he charged unauthorized travel expenses for himself and an acquaintance between February and December 2012 on the congressman's office credit card, according to the release. The total unauthorized payments exceeded $19,000. Prokes, who lives in Atlanta, Ga., is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 14.