Aide to Rep. Bachmann charged with theft

Rep. Michele Bachmann and staff member Javier Sanchez on Capitol Hill in Washington

Javier Sanchez, a top aide to Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, has been charged with thefts that police say took place in a House office building.

WASHINGTON — A top aide to congresswoman Michele Bachmann was arrested and charged with thefts that took place in a House office building.

A spokesman for the U.S. Capitol Police said 37-year-old Javier Sanchez of Virginia was arrested last Thursday.

Sanchez was a senior legislative assistant to Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican. Her office is in the Rayburn office building, where police said the thefts took place.

Sanchez was charged with theft of money or goods less than $1,000 in value.

Bachmann spokesman Dan Kotman said Sanchez was no longer with the office as of Friday.

A favorite of the Tea Party movement, Bachmann ran unsuccessfully for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012. She recently announced she will not be seeking another term in the House.

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