Attorney Bharara Announces Indictment of Former Reagan aide Dinesh D’Souza

Dinesh DSouza speaking at CPAC 2012

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Washington, DC – Manhattan US Attorney along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Thursday announced an indictment of former Reagan advisor, for campaign finance violations.

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the FBI, announced on Thursday an Indictment charging Dinesh D’Souza with violating the federal campaign finance laws by making illegal contributions to a United States Senate campaign in the names of others and causing false statements to be made to the Federal Election Commission in connection with those contributions. D’Souza is expected to be presented and arraigned on Friday in Manhattan federal court before US District Judge Richard M. Berman.

Commenting on the indictment, Preet Bharara said, “As we have long said, this Office and the FBI take a zero tolerance approach to corruption of the electoral process. If, as alleged, the defendant directed others to make contributions to a Senate campaign and reimbursed them, that is a serious violation of federal campaign finance laws.”

According to the official documents, D’Souza, 52, of San Diego, California and former president of King’s College, was charged with one count of causing $20,000 in illegal campaign contributions to be made to a candidate for the United States Senate in calendar year 2012, which carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison. He was also charged with one count of causing false statements to be made to the FEC in connection with the illegal campaign contributions, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge George Venizelos added, “Trying to influence elections through bogus campaign contributions is a serious crime. Today, Mr. D’Souza finds himself on the wrong side of the law. The Federal Election Campaign Act was written to limit the influence of money in elections; the FBI is fiercely committed to enforcing those laws to maintain the integrity of our democratic process.”

The documents stated that the Indictment was the result of a routine review by the FBI of campaign filings with the FEC by various candidates after the 2012 election for United States Senator in New York.

D’Souza was born in Bombay (now Mumbai), India to Goan Catholic parents and over the years in the US became a prominent conservative political voice. In 2012, D’Souza released 2016: Obama’s America, a film based on his 2010 book The Roots of Obama’s Rage, both of which generated controversy.

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