24 February 2013

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US Justin Lamar Sternad Congressional Candidate Charged with Violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act

US Justin Lamar Sternad Congressional Candidate Charged with Violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Michael B. Steinbach, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, announced that Justin Lamar Sternad, 35, was charged with having violated the Federal Election Campaign Act (Election Act) in connection with the 2012 Democratic Party primary election for Florida’s 26th Congressional District.

Defendant Sternad is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Alicia Otazo-Reyes on February 22, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.

The criminal information, filed charges Sternad with engaging

in a conspiracy to make false statements to the Federal Election Commission

and to violate the contribution limits of the Federal Election Campaign Act (Count 1)

making a false statement (Count 2)

And accepting illegal campaign contributions (Count 3)

If convicted, Sternad faces a maximum statutory term of imprisonment of up to five years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.

U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer stated, “The Election Act seeks to promote transparency in the campaign process and thereby increase accountability from our elected officials.

Sternad, however, violated the Election Act and lied to conceal the true source of funds being used by his campaign.

He sought to secretly provide and accept contributions in excess of the limits prescribed by law, using cash and third party checks to conceal the source and amount of contributions made to his campaign.

He then compounded his crimes by filing false campaign reports to cover his trail.

We are committed to promoting transparency and accountability from our elected officials and from those running for office. Our citizens deserve no less.”

“For citizens to have confidence in their government, they must be certain that their elected officials are fairly elected.

We will not tolerate people who violate federal election law,” said Michael B. Steinbach, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Miami.

“The South Florida community can be assured that public corruption will remain a top priority for the FBI.”

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the agents of the FBI for their hard work in this matter. The case is being prosecuted by Senior Litigation Counsel Thomas J. Mulvihill and Richard C. Pilger of the Public Integrity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice.

An information is only an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

In India what happens when politicians give false affidavits or declare false expenditure?
Nothing happens.
Thus India needs to change the law and make it a criminal offense and introduce jail terms like US.

Source – FBI

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MEcoy February 24, 2013  

this is another nice post sm