A former housekeeper for an influential member of the Washington House of Representatives was accused of stealing from the office of her boss and using it to buy a house.
The ex-wife of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is accused of selling the house to her former husband.
She was sentenced to a year of probation, pay a $1,000 fine and must also complete 50 hours of community service, a felony, according to The Associated Press.
The AP reported that the ex-housekeeper was charged Monday in federal court in Alexandria.
She faces a felony count of theft by deception and the second-degree theft of government property.
The former wife is not being named in the charges because she has not yet been charged, the AP reported.
A federal court judge ordered the exwife to surrender her home Monday, saying she has “clear and convincing evidence” that the house belonged to her ex-boss, Rep. Steve Scalises, R-La.
The House Speaker’s office confirmed to Fox News that the former wife was the wife of Scalise’s chief of staff, and did not work there, The Associated News reported.
Scalise, who is recovering from surgery for a brain injury suffered when he was hit by a vehicle while delivering a letter in January, is expected to be released from a hospital later this week.
Scalises office confirmed that Scalise had not worked at the office since May and that his wife had not been there for at least six months.
The office said it was cooperating with the investigation and was unable to comment further.
“Steve Scalise has always been a valued member of our House, and I know he is doing everything he can to support the many constituents who have called for his immediate release,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R and a member of Scalises leadership team, said in a statement on Tuesday.
“He has been cooperating with this investigation, and as of Monday, he has not been charged.”
Scalises congressional office confirmed the allegations against the former employee.
“Our Office of House Administration has launched an internal review of the allegations made against our House member and has provided an opportunity for members to review their own personal policies and procedures in the face of this alleged violation,” House House Administration spokesperson Jennifer Furlong told Fox News.
“House Speaker Ryan will continue to support House Majority Leader Scalise and his team as they seek answers and are continuing to cooperate with the House Administration.”