Campaign financing violations, as well as campaign fraud. I really hate to be Abhijit Das right now!
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The former congressional candidate Abhijit Das was arrested in Massachusetts by the FBI for potential campaign fraud and campaign financing violations.
According to sources, Beej ‘raised at least $125,000 from people close to him which he then used for business and personal purposes.’
But, what’s really funny is the sum and the crime in the whole story. Why did the FBI decide to go for this guy, when there are hundreds of others EXACTLY like him, that have done financial damage 10 times greater?!
These are the charges against him:
#BREAKING: The #FBI has arrested Abhijit Das, a former candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 3rd Congressional District of MA, for allegedly violating the Federal Election Campaign Act and for making false statements.https://t.co/wvQkARo5bY pic.twitter.com/0FFrXNpguV
— FBI Boston (@FBIBoston) June 29, 2021
Former candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in the 3rd Congressional District of Massachusetts arrested today on charges of violating the Federal Election Campaign Act and making false statements https://t.co/IN1SFDl9F6
— U.S. Attorney MA (@DMAnews1) June 29, 2021
And here’s the report on the story made by Breaking 911:
‘According to the indictment, Das was a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 3rd Congressional District of Massachusetts in the 2017-2018 election.
In order to overcome a fundraising deficit, Das allegedly devised a scheme in or about December 2017 to solicit personal loans from friends and close associates in excess of the legal limit. On or about Dec. 17, 2017, Das allegedly emailed a contributor asking for a friend to support his campaign to reach a specific fundraising goal of over $450,000 by the end of the year and indicated that reaching that goal might need “some engineering.”
It is alleged that Das advised a member of his campaign that he would “aggregate” the loans into “one batch” and execute a main transfer into the campaign account.
The indictment further alleges that Das caused three different individuals to contribute approximately $125,000 to his campaign and structured the contributions as personal loans to a family member to circumvent Federal Election Commission (FEC) reporting requirement and contribution limits. Das allegedly concealed the excessive campaign contributions from the FEC, falsely claimed that the funds from the excessive contributions were his own personal funds, and engaged in illegal conduit contributions to his campaign.
In addition, the indictment also alleges that between January and May 2018, Das withdrew approximately $314,500 in funds from his campaign account and used at least $267,000 of these funds to pay outstanding debts for his hotel business relating to vendors, the hotel’s yacht and real estate taxes unrelated to his congressional campaign.’
Beej Das finished 7th in the #ma3 open-seat primary Lori Trahan won in 2018.
— Lisa Kashinsky (@lisakashinsky) June 29, 2021