From November 2002 to September 2003, Eric Andell was deputy undersecretary for safe and drug-free schools at the Department of Education. He authorized $8,659 of official travel for himself. This amounted to 14 trips, one to New York to see a Broadway show. Others included taking paid sick leave while he, in fact, was working as a visiting judge in Texas in order to qualify for a judicial pension. On April 29, 2005, he pled guilty to one count of conflict of interest. He was sentenced on August 25, 2005 to one year of probation, 100 hours of community service, a $5,000 fine, and restitution of the money used. The amount of money involved was small as these things go but that is rather the point. It is the sheer venality of it all and from a judge no less.