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Thursday, October 17, 2013 – 09:30 a.m.

The San Bernardino County District Attorney has filed a single count of perjury against a San Bernardino City Councilman this morning.

Chas Kelley, 44, who represents the city’s Fifth Ward, is expected to enter a plea this afternoon in San Bernardino County Superior Court.

A source, close to Kelley, says the charge alleges Kelley failed to properly report payments made to his wife, who acted as treasurer, from his campaign account.

Kelley hiring and paying his wife, to act as Treausrer, isn’t a crime. The failure to properly report the payments, which in most cases is usually an Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) fineable violation, can be charged as perjury, by an overzealous prosecutor.

The poster child for such an offense is Former State Senator Carol Migden, who paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in administrative fines, for numerous violations, several years ago.

Kelley, who at last report, is polling favorably in the upcoming race for mayor, must immediatley resign from office.

Here’s the link to coverage in The Sun: San Bernardino Councilman Chas Kelley charged with perjury
Here’s the link to The Press Enterprise: SAN BERNARDINO: Councilman charged with perjury