前美国众议员. TJ Cox 因联邦洗钱和电汇欺诈指控被起诉

前美国众议员. TJ考克斯, 来自加利福尼亚的民主党人, 因部分与竞选捐款有关的联邦洗钱和电汇欺诈指控被起诉, 根据周二开封的法庭文件.

他被指控 15 counts of wire fraud, 11 counts of money laundering, one count of financial institution fraud and one count of campaign contribution fraud, 根据法院文件.
如果被定罪, he could face up to 20 years in prison for wire fraud and money laundering charges, and up to 30 years in prison for the financial institution fraud and wire fraud affecting a financial institution charges.
    Cox has not yet entered a formal plea, and a lawyer representing him is not yet listed on the court’s docket.
      考克斯, 59 was in Congress representing California’s 21st Congressional District for just one term — 一月 2019 到一月 2021. He was first elected to the seat in 2018, defeating Republican incumbent 大卫·瓦拉道. Cox came to Congress as part of a blue wave in congressional races across the country that led to Democrats taking back the House from Republicans. 在 2020, 然而, Valadao defeated Cox to win back the seat.
        Over the course of nearly a decade, Cox created a number of off-the-books bank accounts and lied to receive hefty loans, 根据起诉书.
        In two instances, Cox allegedly created off-the-book bank accounts and took funds from companies with which he was affiliated. In those schemes, Cox obtained over $ 1.7 百万. In another Cox allegedly lied on an application to obtain a $ 1.5 million construction loan to develop an area in Fresno.
          And in a fourth scheme, Cox allegedly received mortgage loan funds to buy property by submitting fabricated bank statements to the lender, and falsely claiming he intended to make that property his primary residence.
          Cox also set up a plan to fund and reimburse donations to his 2018 congressional campaign from friends and family members, 根据起诉书. The donations, 检察官说, totaled more than $ 25,000.
            Cox founded several companies that process nuts, a major export from the Central Valley. He also founded the Central Valley New Market Tax Credit Fund, which raises money for projects in lower income neighborhoods.
            This story has been updated with additional developments.

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