Former Rep. Bob Ney kept his wife on his congressional campaign payroll through the end of last year, even though he dropped out of the race in early August, a report filed yesterday shows.
Elizabeth Ney was one of several campaign staff members who received paychecks in August, according to a Federal Elections Commission report.
But she was the lone recipient of a campaign salary through the rest of the year, getting about $850 every two weeks. Since the end of August, Mrs. Ney has been paid more than $6,800, according to her husband’s report.
The Heath Republican is about to go to federal prison after being sentenced Jan. 19 to 30 months on corruption charges.
But at least as of Dec. 31, his wife still was on the payroll....
...When she sentenced Ney on Jan. 19, Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle recommended that he serve his sentence in a federal prison in Morgantown, W.Va.
But spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons said yesterday that Ney is not yet in the agency’s custody and declined to say when Ney is supposed to report to prison. The bureau normally takes 30 days to process a new prisoner but could take as long as 90 days.
Ney and his wife have continued to profit. Shame.