When someone gives you money to spend on something, but you use it to spend on something else, that’s probably not right, especially if you’re a government official. Such is the case with US congressman Duncan D. Hunter who had recently pleaded guilty to spending funds that were meant for campaigning on other things, such as video game purchases on Steam.
The investigation into Hunter began in 2016 when he was first questioned about how the congressman manages to afford his family’s lavish lifestyle. Some of the expenses in question was $1,302 worth of Steam games. Now it looks like Hunter has since pleaded guilty to illegally using those funds for non-campaign related activities.
In a release from the US Department of Justice, “As detailed in the indictment, the Hunters stole money from the campaign for items as inconsequential as fast food, movie tickets and sneakers; as trivial as video games, Lego sets and Playdoh; as mundane as groceries, dog food, and utilities; and as self-indulgent as luxury hotels, overseas vacations and plane tickets for their family pet rabbits, Eggburt and Cadbury — all while their family was otherwise deeply in debt.”
Based on the law, if sentenced, Hunter could face a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.