By Spencer Ackerman
I spend a fair amount of time thinking about how my office’s pretzel jars and coffee machines can provide for my breakfast and my lunch. What I should have done is follow the example of 29-year old Felipe Sixto, a former White House aide in the Bush administration, to stretch my grocery dollar. National Journal reports:
Felipe E. Sixto, 29, who was an associate director at the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, also spent $50,000 on groceries and restaurants, paid $142,000 to family members, and used $82,000 for a mortgage payment and another $19,000 for medical bills, the documents show. The detailed spending was listed in a 26-page memorandum seeking leniency filed by Kathleen E. Voelker, a Washington lawyer representing Sixto. She said that Sixto had made restitution to the Center for a Free Cuba, or CFC, a nonprofit that promotes democracy in Cuba.
In December, Sixto pleaded guilty to stealing $579,247 in U.S. Agency for International Development funds from the CFC. He is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday.
According to a quick Nexising, this asshole was only at the White House from July 2007 to March 2008 — not a lot of time to do much to damage Cuba policy, but plenty of time to steal money from USAID.