WASHINGTON – A former Western New York Congressman serving time for securities fraud and lying to the FBI has been pardoned on both charges.
In a release from the White House Press Secretary, officials say President Donald Trump, at the request of many members of congress, pardoned former Congressman Chris Collins.
Collins, a Republican who used to represent New York’s 27th Congressional District, was sentenced to serve two months in federal prison after he admitted to helping his son and others dodge $800,000 in stock market losses when he learned that a drug trial by a small pharmaceutical company had failed.
Collins has been serving his time at a facility in Pensacola Florida and has since been released from custody.
He was the first member of Congress to endorse Trump’s presidency.