Bush `Shocked' by Arrest of Former Adviser on Theft Charges

March 11, 2006 - Posted at 1:09 p.m. CST

WHITE HOUSE (AP) _ President Bush says he was shocked to learn

that his former domestic policy adviser was charged with theft.

Claude Allen was arrested this week for allegedly receiving

phony refunds at department stores.

Asked about it today, Bush said his first reaction was one of

shock and ``deep disappointment'' that the White House was ``not

fully informed.''

Allen resigned abruptly last month, saying he wanted to spend

more time with his family.

He was arrested Thursday by police in Montgomery County,

Maryland, for allegedly claiming refunds for more than

five-thousand dollars worth of merchandise he did not buy.

White House press secretary Scott McClellan said yesterday that

Allen had assured the White House counsel and chief of staff he had

done nothing wrong.

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