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Former Republican Congressman Aaron Schock is indicted on 24 counts

Former Republican Congressman Aaron Schock is indicted on 24 counts

Aaron Schock has been dogged by rumors that he is a closteted gay man.

Former Republican Congressman Aaron Schock now has bigger worries than whether or not people think he is gay.

The 35-year-old was indicted on Thursday (10 November) by a federal grand jury on 24 counts that include wire fraud and theft of government funds.

‘I intend to not only prove these allegations false, but in the process, expose this investigation for what it was,’ Schock said in a statement to The New York Times.

‘Neither I nor anyone else intentionally did anything wrong. As I have said before, we might have made errors among a few of the thousands and thousands of financial transactions we conducted, but they were honest mistakes — no one intended to break any law.’

Schock resigned from office last year after being embroiled in a string of controversies involving his spending on such things as private jets, mileage reimbursements and interior decorating.

He also reportedly did not properly disclose that he was accompanied to India on an official trip by a male photographer and videographer.

Attention to Schock’s spending intensified after his opulent office with its Downton Abbey-style decor in the Capitol was featured in the Washington Post.

Then Politico obtained public records showing that Schock billed the federal government and his campaign for logging roughly 170,000 miles on his personal car between January 2010 and July 2014.

But when he sold the car in July 2014, it had only roughly 80,000 miles on the odometer.

The former Men’s Health cover man with the impressive physique has long been dogged by rumors that he is a closeted gay man. He has said in the past it is ‘ridiculous and inappropriate’ to ask about his sexuality.

But some felt it was fair game because he had toed the party line and consistently voted against pro-LGBT legislation including the repeal of Defense of Marriage Act, the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and against the inclusion of gays and transgender people to a hate crimes bill.