Former House aide gets afternoon in jail for trip

August 5, 2011 - 1:00 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — An ex-congressional aide is spending the afternoon behind bars for going to the World Series with a corporate official and lobbyist.

Fraser Verrusio was convicted in February of three felonies for taking the trip to the first game of the 2003 World Series in New York and failing to report it on his House financial disclosure form.

Verrusio was policy director for the Transportation Committee under then-Chairman Don Young, a Republican still representing Alaska in the House. The trip was paid by United Rentals, a construction equipment rental company that wanted Verrusio's help in getting an amendment in a highway bill.

Verrusio could have faced a longer sentence, but he begged the judge to show mercy. He was sent to the courthouse cell block for 4 ½ hours on Friday.