Former Democratic House member charged with 28 felonies

Former California Democratic Rep. T.J. Cox was indicted on 28 felony counts of fraud in federal court on Tuesday.

The charges included 15 counts of wire fraud, 11 counts of money laundering and one count of campaign contribution fraud.

The alleged crimes

“Prosecutors say that Cox targeted companies he was affiliated with, along with those company’s clients and vendors, by setting up secret bank accounts that he diverted their money into ‘through false representations, pretenses and promises,’” The Daily Wire reported.

“Over the course of several years starting in 2013, Cox illegally obtained more than $1.7 million through those schemes, prosecutors say,” the report added.

The fallout

“Some of the diverted money went toward Cox’s successful campaign for Congress, according to the federal government. The indictment describes Cox distributing $25,000 among relatives and business associates that they could then give to his campaign,” Politico reported.

“Cox narrowly unseated then-Rep. David Valadao (R) in the battleground district before losing a rematch to Valadao in 2020,” it added.

Cox could face up to 20 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines just for the wire fraud charges. The period of the charges covered several years, ranging from 2013 to 2018.

The indictment could lead to a lengthy court battle for the disgraced former lawmaker. After losing a reelection campaign in 2020, Cox now faces much more serious losses in the courts.

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