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Charles Rangel sold Dominican home noted in ethics investigation

By Jordana Ossad, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Charles Rangel sold his villa in the Dominican Republic
  • Rangel purchased the home in 1987 but failed to pay taxes on it for 17 years
  • It was sold for somewhere between $250,000 and $500,000
  • Rangel was guilty on 11 counts of violating House rules

New York (CNN) -- Veteran Rep. Charles Rangel has sold his villa in the Dominican Republic that was the focus of a House ethics investigation.

The home in Punta Cana, which Rangel purchased in 1987 but failed to pay taxes on for 17 years, was sold for somewhere between $250,000 and $500,000, according to his personal financial disclosure report, which was released Wednesday.

The house was sold in December 2010, the report said.

A House ethics subcommittee found the 20-term Harlem Democrat guilty on 11 counts of violating House rules during that same month.

They included failure to pay taxes, misuse of a rent-controlled apartment for political purposes and improper use of government mail service and letterhead.

The former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee was cleared of a charge relating to an alleged violation of the House gift ban.

The House of Representatives later censured Rangel in a 333-79 vote, which required him to stand in the well of the House as a formal censure resolution was read aloud by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California.

Rangel, who is a senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus, became the 23rd House member in history to be censured. Nine others have been reprimanded.

 
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