Monday, November 29, 2010

Feds: Congressman's staffer cheated constituents

A staffer for former U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes was sentenced to two years’ probation today on a charge of extorting money from constituents who had turned to her for help.

Click here to read court papers.

Elizabeth Lozada, 43, of Concord, N.C., appeared in U.S. District Court in Greensboro. She pled guilty in May to extortion of less than $1,000, which is a federal misdemeanor.

Her public defender, Thomas Cochran of Greensboro, declined to comment on the case at her request.

Lozada served in Hayes’ Cabarrus County office from 2005 through 2008, the end of Hayes’ term. She earned $41,000 in her last year there, according to the website LegiStorm, which tracks congressional office spending.

According to documents filed in federal court, Lozada’s responsibilities as a constituent liaison included assisting Spanish-speaking residents of the 8th Congressional District on a variety of issues involving the federal bureaucracy. Those included offering help with passports, Social Security and immigration matters.

- Barbara Barrett, Maria David


Ettolrahc said...


Anonymous said...

Alright, how is this news? I think we fully expect our Congressmen, Senators and Staffers to line their own pockets. There can be no violent revolution in this country unless stuff like this continues to happen.

Anonymous said...

I fully agree, it seems as if our country is heading down the long path to revolution and anyone asociated with the two political parties will be held accountable for both present, future and past crimes.

Anonymous said...

Theft like this seems to be the way that Democracy has evolved in the U.S. I think a day of atonement is coming for our politicians.

Larry said...

Someone has posted using my name

I would never use the term they posted.


Plus if you see my posts I never post anonymously.

Anonymous said...

There are several businesses that well illegal fake documentation in the Charlotte. I am sure she did much more than she was charged.

Another reason that government employees are basically scum. 30% needs to be fired.

ThaQueenCity said...
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ThaQueenCity said...

There is always some fool trying to be who/what they are not Larry! You have an admirer or just someone who is jealous of all your accomplishments!

And as far a congress they are ALL CROOKS.....not evough prison cells in America for them all!

Komodoman said...

Yep, figured there would be small-minded comments here claiming "all govt employees" are crooks. These are the same posters who like to stereotype all religions, ethnicities, etc.

Abraham said...

From the lips of the ONLY perfect person that ever walked this earth, "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." "And why behoudest you the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thy own eye?" There is ALWAYS two sides to every story!