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.
James Jones, communications director for DC Vote, tapes a "DC Constituents Service Day" sign on the wall as he stands with other DC residents outside of Rep. Andy Harris's office on Capitol Hill to protest Harris' actions against D.C.'s marijuana laws on Thursday, July 24, 2014. DC Vote encouraged DC residents to bring their complaints about city services to the Maryland congressman.