By THY VO
Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2014 3:00 pm | Updated: 8:55 pm, Thu Oct 23, 2014.
Six donors to County Supervisor Janet Nguyen admitted to illegally receiving reimbursements for campaign contributions, according to court documents filed by the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission.
Nguyen, a Republican, is locked in a heated battle against former Democratic State Assemblyman Jose Solorio for the 34th State Senate District in November.
In addition to documentation obtained by the FPPC, six of the 11 contributors under investigation admitted in interviews with FPPC investigators that they were reimbursed for campaign contributions, which constitutes illegal campaign money laundering.
The court documents also cite evidence showing patterns of contributions from individuals with the same home address and employer; misreported addresses, occupation and employer information; and individuals listed as ‘unemployed’ or ‘student’ giving significant amounts of money.
(Click here to read the FPPC documents.)
Last week, Voice of OC reported that 11 individuals had been subpoenaed by the FPPC for phone and bank records, as part of a political money laundering investigation in connection to contributions made between 2011 and 2012 to the political committee, Friends of Supervisor Janet Nguyen.
Campaign money laundering occurs when an individual tries to conceal the true source of a political contribution, often by giving cash to friends or relatives to make a contribution on their behalf.
News of the investigation, which has been ongoing since 2013, surfaced after James M. Crawford, a criminal defense attorney representing all 11 contributors, filed a court complaint in September to quash the subpoenas.
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