A press release issued by the Justice Department notes that Poole, using his role as office manager, falsely submitted salary paperwork on several occasions between 2003 and January 2007 that allowed him to receive higher pay and larger bonuses than he had been authorized. Pole allegedly concealed the extra money he was receiving by forging documents that showed he had received the correct amounts, and displaying these documents to his supervisor. He is alleged to have stolen approximately $75,000 in this manner.
Pole is charged with five counts of wire fraud and one count of theft of government property. Each wire fraud charge carries a maximum sentence of twenty years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Theft of government property is punishable by 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Pole's salary records, available on LegiStorm here, show that his salary increased by over $35,000 between 2002 and 2003, and was over $100,000 throughout the years covered in the indictment - until 2007, when Pole left Kennedy's office and went to work for Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). In that year, his salary dropped back to below his pre-2003 levels - around $63,000.