Conservative Party chief Edward Walsh surrenders to FBI, sources say
Edward Walsh, head of Suffolk's Conservative Party and a lieutenant in the county sheriff's department, is expected to be charged as early as Wednesday with fraudulently collecting about $100,000 in salary for the time he claimed to be working for the department, said sources familiar with a federal investigation into his conduct.
Walsh surrendered to the FBI at its Melville field office on Wednesday morning, sources said.
The theft of government services charge against Walsh, which is a felony, is contained in a complaint based on information provided by FBI agents investigating the political leader's activities and has been approved by a federal judge, the sources said.
Federal prosecutors allege that Walsh, the chairman of the state's largest Conservative Party unit, was actually engaged in other unrelated activities when he claimed on time slips that he was worki ng on sheriff department business, the sources said. The unrelated activities included Walsh's actual presence at political functions, the sources said.