WASHINGTON — Rep. Michele Bachmann’s senior legislative aide was arrested and charged with theft last week.
Javier Sanchez, 37, was arrested Thursday and charged with “theft II,” a misdemeanor charge, indicating the items stolen were worth less than $1,000. Sanchez was no longer with Bachmann’s office as of June 12, the day after his arrest, a Bachmann spokesman said. He had come to her office from that of North Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx at the beginning of the year.
An affidavit states there were two thefts reported between February 2013 and March 15, 2013 in Room 2417 of the Rayburn House Office Building [Bachmann’s office suite].
Capitol Police placed a hidden camera in Room 2417 April 4 and placed two envelopes, one with $80 marked “Petty Cash” on one desk, and another marked “Birthday Money” with $120 on another desk. The money from both envelopes was reported missing June 25.
Surveillance video captured a man entering the office just after 6:30 p.m. June 14. The video shows the man opening the chief of staff’s drawer, removing an envelope, counting money and taking the cash and envelope with him, the charging documents state.
July 9, Sanchez’ boss identified the man in the surveillance video as Sanchez. The two have known each other since January 2013, according to the affidavit.
“The United States Capitol Police conducted an investigation and were able to identify a subject,” USCP spokesman Shennell Antrobus said in a statement. “The investigation resulted in the arrest of 37 year old Javier Sanchez of Virginia.”
According to NBC, Sanchez is denying the charges.