Former Dem congressional candidate indicted on multiple federal campaign finance charges

A one-time congressional candidate is now facing federal charges stemming from his 2018 campaign in Massachusetts.

Although Democratic Abhijit Das did not make it to the U.S. House of Representatives, federal prosecutors believe he did translate his congressional bid into a lucrative crime.

Details from the indictment

If convicted of the campaign finance violations listed in his recent indictment, Das could end up behind bars and on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

According to the Daily Caller, the indictment describes an apparent pair of illegal schemes the candidate concocted. First, he allegedly solicited loans from friends above the legal limit and passed it off as his own. The second allegation contends that he used campaign funds to cover private and unrelated expenses.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts released a statement listing the charges against Das as accepting excessive campaign contributions, conduit contributions, conversion of campaign funds, engaging in a scheme to falsify, conceal, and cover up material facts, and making false statements.

A conviction on any of those counts could result in five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.

Local news reports indicate the trouble for Das began when he mounted his ambitious campaign to represent the state’s 3rd congressional district in the 2018 election. He fell far short, however, finishing seventh in the primary race with only 1,492 votes.

A campaign gone wrong

During the campaign, he billed himself as an “independent” Democrat with real-world experience as a former attorney and hotel developer. At some point, however, prosecutors say he implemented a felonious scheme to violate campaign finance laws.

In order to overcome a “fundraising deficit” in 2017, the indictment alleges that Das told a friend he would need to do some “engineering” to reach his goal of $450,000 by the end of the year.

From there, he allegedly solicited personal loans from several friends that he told a staffer he would “aggregate” into “one batch” to be contributed to the campaign as if it had come from his own personal resources.

In total, he is accused of taking in $125,000 from three individuals and structuring the funds as personal loans to family members to avoid federal requirements and contribution limits.

During the following months, Das allegedly withdrew $314,500 in campaign funds, using the majority for personal expenses such as hotel debt, and instructed bank tellers to structure the withdrawals as separate transactions to conceal his improper use of the funds. Furthermore, he is facing charges related to filing false FEC reports, including a June 2018 document stating his campaign had $440,000 cash on hand when prosecutors say there was just $5,000 in the account.

Share on facebook
Share To Facebook

Welcome to our comments section. We want to hear from you!

Any comments with profanity, advocacy of violence, harassment, personally identifiable information or other violations will be removed. If you feel your comment has been removed in error please contact us!

7 Responses

  1. I am making a good salary from home $6580-$7065/week , which is amazing under a year ago I was jobless in a horrible economy. I thank God every day I was blessed with these instructions and now it’s my duty to pay it forward and share it with Everyone,
    Here is I started.…………… http://WWW.CASHAPP1.COM

  2. Here is Job opportunity for everyone! Because of Corona Work from comfort of your home, on your computer And you can work with your own working hours. You can work this job As part time or As A full time job. You can Earns up to $1000 per Day by way of work is simple on the web. It’s easy, just follow instructions on home page,

    read it carefully from start to finish Check The Details……

  3. You Might Like
  4. I earned $25000 ultimate month by using operating online only for 5 to 8 hours on my computer and this was so smooth that i personally couldn’t accept as true with before working on this website. if you too need to earn this sort of huge cash then come and be part of us. do this internet-website online…………


  5. My last month paycheck was for 11000 dollars… All i did was simple online work from comfort at home for 3-4 hours/day that I got from this agency I discovered over the internet and they paid me for it 95 bucks every hour…. for more info visit any tab this site Thanks a lot .

    H̲E̲R̲E̲►COPY THIS WEBSITE………………..

  6. I am making a good salary from home $6580-$7065/week , which is amazing under a year ago I was jobless in a horrible economy. I thank God every day I was blessed with these instructions and now it’s my duty to pay it forward and share it with Everyone,

    Here is I started.……………………………….>> https://www.CashApp1.Com

  7. I make more then $12,000 a month online. It’s enough to comfortably replace my old jobs income, especially considering I only work about 11 to 12 hours a week from home. I was amazed how easy it was after I tried it…GOOD LUCK..
    HERE ➤➤

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Latest Posts