[Thump-Thump- Thump] Another One Bites The Dust

From Holden:

The Bush Assministration’s designated sneak-thief is set to plead guilty.

Former Bush administration and Gilmore administration official Claude A. Allen is expected to plead guilty tomorrow to one count of misdemeanor theft.


He is to be sentenced tomorrow by Judge Eric M. Johnson of Montgomery County Circuit Court.

At the time of his arrest, Allen was a domestic-policy adviser in the Bush White House. From 1998 to 2001, he served as Virginia secretary of health and human resources under Gov. Jim Gilmore.


Allen, 45, resigned from the White House on Feb. 17, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. Three weeks later he was arrested on charges that he had made fraudulent returns of merchandise he hadn’t bought to stores in Maryland. The alleged thefts occurred while he worked in the White House.

Allen will admit he stole a Kodak printer having a value of less than $500 from a Target store in Montgomery County, and he will pay Target restitution of $850, according to the court filing.

According to police records at the time of his arrest, items involved in the fraudulent store returns included a $525 Bose theater system, a $237 Kodak printer, a $60 jacket and an RCA stereo worth $88.

The conservative Republican was a protg of retired U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C.


In 2003, Bush nominated Allen to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, but the nomination stalled in the Senate.

Allen’s salary last year was $161,000. He lived in Gaithersburg, Md.