WASHINGTON (AP) – AARP’s former events director has pleaded guilty in a scam involving a sham company he created to get $250,000 in contracts from the advocacy group.

Bruce Sanders of Washington admitted he entered AARP into three consulting and production contracts with the fake company, naming as president of the company a man with whom Sanders was romantically involved.

AARP paid the company $135,000. Sanders pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday to transporting stolen property for taking one $10,000 check to Massachusetts to deposit it.

Sanders acknowledged he withdrew money from the company’s account for himself and paid thousands of dollars to the boyfriend.

Sanders faces a sentence of 12 months to 18 months in prison plus a fine of up to $30,000.

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