- Associated Press - Monday, August 10, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Federal authorities say they have uncovered a scheme in which a man stole more than $1 million in contributions to conservative political causes, including campaign funds for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Prosecutors netted a guilty plea Monday in federal court in Louisville, Kentucky.

Samuel K. Pate Jr. pleaded guilty to three counts of mail fraud. Officials say Pate owned a company that contracted with campaigns and political action committees.

The plea agreement says that from 2008 to 2014, Pate diverted client funds from designated accounts, transferring money to bank accounts he controlled. Officials say he stole contributions totaling more than $1.1 million and used it on personal expenses and luxury items.

Prosecutors say clients included campaign committees for McConnell, as well as Christians in Defense of Israel and the House Conservative Fund.

Pate’s attorney declined to comment.

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