A former congressional candidate from Massachusetts was arrested Tuesday on fees of violating the Federal Election Marketing campaign Act and making false statements.
Abhijit “Beej” Das, 47, of North Andover, was indicted on two counts of creating a false assertion and one depend every of accepting extreme marketing campaign contributions, conduit contributions, conversion of marketing campaign funds and fascinating in a scheme to falsify, conceal and cover-up materials details.
He pleaded not responsible to the fees at his Boston federal courtroom arraignment earlier than Justice of the Peace Decide Jennifer Boal, who launched him on the circumstances that he haven’t any contact with any of the witnesses within the case besides for 2 members of the family, report back to probation, give up his passport and never journey outdoors New England, New York and Florida, the place his lawyer stated he had some “enterprise pursuits.”
Das was a Democratic candidate within the 2018 election for the U.S. Home of Representatives in Massachusetts’ third Congressional District, which largely covers the Merrimack Valley, together with Lowell, Lawrence and Haverhill. U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan gained the seat.
“Mr. Das allegedly solicited unlawful marketing campaign donations, used the cash for his personal enterprise bills and money owed after which tried to hide his actions,” appearing U.S. Lawyer Nathaniel R. Mendell stated in a press release.
Every of the fees towards him carries a sentence of as much as 5 years in jail, three years of supervised launch and a nice of $250,000, or twice the gross achieve or loss, whichever is larger.