In today’s times, it’s no longer considered an oddity for politicians to have a penchant for video games. Unfortunately, in the US politician, his love for the medium may have went a bit too far when it was discovered that he was using campaign funds to purchase video games on Steam.
Earlier this week, US Congressman Duncan Hunter pleaded guilty in a US Federal court in Southern California for “knowingly and willfully” converting more than US$150,000 (~RM623,925) in campaign funds. In order to fuel his family’s lavish lifestyle from 2010 through 2016. Of the US$150,000, it is believed that Hunter had spent as much as US$1,302 (~RM5,416) on several Steam game titles in 2015 alone.
As you would expect, it didn’t stop with video games either; Over the course of six years, Hunter lavished his family with other purchases, including fast food, new clothes and shoes, luxury hotels, as well as plane tickets for his two pet rabbits. Yes, really.
For the uninitiated, US laws prohibit any and all politicians from using funds donated to them. For anything else other campaign-related matters and purchases. For pleading guilty, the maximum penalty for this case is five years in jail and US$250,000 (~RM1.04 million).
Not that any of you are wondering, but that amounts to 4,748 copies of Red Dead Redemption 2, which is already available on Steam.