WASHINGTON — Former Rep. Mary Rose Oakar was indicted Wednesday on charges of lying to the FBI, filing false financial statements and using the now-defunct House bank to convert public money to her own use.
Oakar was indicted on seven counts, including conspiracy. One of her nephews, Joseph DeMio, also was indicted on a conspiracy count. Another nephew, Ignatius DeMio, agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy misdemeanor.
Oakar (D-Ohio) was the third former member of Congress charged in connection with the scandal, which led to her defeat in 1992 after 16 years in the House.
If convicted of all seven counts, Oakar could face up to 40 years in prison and a $1.7-million fine.