Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Embezzling from Political Committees

WASHINGTON (AP) - A former National Republican Congressional Committee treasurer has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $840,000 from several political committees, including more than $670,000 from the congressional committee.

Christopher J. Ward of Bethesda, Md., who has been under investigation for some time, entered the guilty plea Friday in federal court in Washington.

Ward was treasurer of the NRCC from 2003 to 2007. He admitted in court papers that he transferred money into his personal account from an account used to operate an annual fundraising dinner with then-President George W. Bush.

Prosecutors and Ward's lawyer have agreed to recommend a sentence of three years in prison, though the judge can impose a term of up to 10 years.

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