Former Senate Employee Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Government

Posted August 10, 2009 at 1:36pm

Former Senate employee Theodore Holmes pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to defrauding the U.S. government of more than $259,000 in disability benefits.According to a Justice Department statement, Holmes, a former printing and reprographics specialist, pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud. Holmes is not included in recent Senate disbursement reports, but employees with similar titles are listed under the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms office.Holmes, who had received disability payments for a knee injury since 2000, admitted he failed to report income generated by multiple “car wash businesses— he owns and operates on forms he was required to file with the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs.The Justice Department said Holmes was also required to report volunteer activities and did not report his work as a coach for “a traveling flag football team, which is a member team of the United States Flag & Touch Football League.—Holmes, 51, is scheduled to be sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in November and could face 21 to 27 months in prison.