A Grand Jury indicted Democratic Rochester City Mayor Lovely Warren for political campaign finance fraud in a trial that has been ongoing since 2017.
The crimes assigned to her are first-degree fraud and violation of election law, for which she could be sentenced to from one to four years, said the local Rochester First media on Oct. 2.
Also being arraigned on Monday along with Mayor Warren are Albert Jones Jr. and Rosiland Brooks-Harris, Rochester’s Chief Financial Officer, under the jurisdiction of a Cayuga County Court judge, explained Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley.
The New York State Board of Elections conducted an investigation that resulted in the transfer of $30,000 from Warren’s Political Action Committee (PAC) to another of her campaign groups. That activity is prohibited in New York State.
“We all want our elections to be run fair and these are laws on the books to allow and ensure that people who are entering political office follow the rules so that there is equal access to everyone,” Doorley said.
She also considered the consequences for Warren of her crimes, if found guilty.
“While Warren would be unlikely to be incarcerated, her pension could be forfeited if the matter is determined to be a crime related to public office, and she also could lose her law license,” USA Today reported. Warren has not been arrested but will be prosecuted, according to Doorley.
Allegations of campaign finance fraud or mismanagement of funds are commonplace among Democratic leaders.
Ilhan Omar under suspicion
Ilhan Omar has committed a series of irregularities that have characterized her political career.
In mid-August, investigative journalist David Steinberg listed 32 crimes of some gravity, which could seriously affect Omar’s political career.
Some of these alleged crimes involve her relatives and even her current husband. It is suspected she would have transferred funds from her political campaign, in an irregular manner, since they began their relations, years before she was married.
Throughout his investigations, Steinberg published verifiable evidence of the allegations against Omar.
Steinberg wrote about the existence of “proven causes to investigate Omar for eight cases of perjury, immigration fraud, marriage fraud, up to eight years of state and federal tax fraud, two years of federal student loan fraud, and even bigamy.
“To be clear: the facts describe perhaps the most extensive wave of legal misconduct committed by a member of the House in American history,” Steinberg emphasized in an extensive article last year, in which he also published photos of Omar.