A former congressional candidate from Massachusetts was arrested Tuesday on costs 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 info.
He pleaded not responsible to the fees at his Boston federal court docket arraignment earlier than Justice of the Peace Choose Jennifer Boal, who launched him on the circumstances that he don’t have 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 an announcement.
Every of the fees in opposition to him carries a sentence of as much as 5 years in jail, three years of supervised launch and a high quality of $250,000, or twice the gross acquire or loss, whichever is bigger.