Ex-Suffolk County Conservative Party Leader Edward Walsh

Edward Walsh

Convicted of: Wire fraud and theft of government funds

Background: While at the helm of the Suffolk County Conservative Party, Edward Walsh golfed, gambled and politicked on the county’s dime, Feds said. Walsh was convicted in March 2016 for illegally collecting more than $200,000 in pay and overtime pay he didn’t earn. His conviction sparked a battle over leadership within the party he once led. Walsh was sentenced to two years in prison and was ordered to make $202,000 in restitution on June 20, 2017.Read more

“[Walsh] thought he was special…He thought he could rig the game so the rules didn’t apply to him.” Prosecutor Raymond Tierney
“We’re disappointed in the judge’s decision, but we respect it.” Attorney William Wexler after judge denied conviction overturn

The latest on the Walsh case

June 20, 2017: Edward Walsh sentenced to 2 years in prison, ordered to make restitution June 1, 2017: Federal judge rules Ed Walsh doesn’t face increased sentence May 22, 2017: Edward Walsh hearing postponed from Monday, now set for June 1 April 28, 2017: Judge delays Conservative Party leader Edward Walsh’s sentencing April 24, 2017: Defense seeks to delay Walsh sentencing after new accusations Feb. 2, 2017: Ed Walsh wire fraud sentencing postponed until April Nov. 9, 2016: Judge denies request to overturn Edward Walsh fraud conviction Oct. 23, 2016: 2 Suffolk judges recuse themselves in Conservative Party fight Oct. 10, 2016: Faction sues over Suffolk Conservative party chairman election July 31, 2016: Walsh, ex-Suffolk Conservative chairman, to return $16.5G May 16, 2016: Edward Walsh fails to qualify for immediate pension April 2, 2016: Edward Walsh case jurors say no to government corruption April 2, 2016: Edward Walsh’s conviction raises questions about benefits March 31, 2016: Edward Walsh convicted on all counts in federal court March 31, 2016: Edward Walsh conviction sparks Conservative leadership fight March 30, 2016: Judge denies defense motion to find Ed Walsh not guilty March 30, 2016: Edward Walsh’s abuse victim criticizes party boss Jan. 8, 2015: Conservative Party head Edward Walsh golfed, gambled on government time, say prosecutors Jan. 7, 2015: Walsh seen as ‘bully’ as he ascended to party leadership spot Jan. 6, 2015: Conservative Party chief Edward Walsh to be charged with salary fraud, sources say Oct. 8, 2014: Editorial: Look deep into corrosive mix of politics and judges Sept. 24, 2014: Grand jury looking at Suffolk Sheriff Lt. Edward Walsh widens scope Dec. 10, 2014: Edward Walsh’s expense spending faulted in federal complaint filed by Brookhaven Conservatives Aug. 23, 2014: Clues emerge in direction of Walsh investigation Aug. 21, 2014: Editorial: Nothing routine about Walsh investigation Aug. 11, 2014: Edward Walsh probe turned over to FBI, Suffolk Sheriff DeMarco says July 25, 2014: Edward Walsh returns to Suffolk payroll as he fights firing July 15, 2014: Edward Walsh told that Suffolk sheriff’s department seeking his termination June 25, 2014: Edward Walsh, Suffolk Conservative leader, suspended from sheriff’s department job May 8, 2014: Editorial: Fire officer-party leader from both jobs May 3, 2014: Edward Walsh probe shows minor party can cause major complications April 30, 2014: Conservative Party’s Edward Walsh among sheriff employees in corrections wage probe
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