July 30, 2021

Federal charges announced against former Democrat House candidate

Former Massachusetts Democratic congressional candidate Abhijit Das was arrested Tuesday for allegedly violating the Federal Election Campaign Act and making false statements.

Das was charged with multiple counts of campaign finance violations and making false statements, according to the Department of Justice.

“Today, we arrested Abhijit Das for allegedly soliciting his friends and family for at least $125,000 in illegal campaign contributions, repeatedly dipping into his campaign coffers to pay outstanding debts related to his hotel business, and falsifying campaign finance reports to try and cover his tracks,” said Joseph Bonavolonta, a Boston FBI agent.

“We believe Mr. Das engineered this calculated scheme to show he was a viable candidate for office, at the expense of voters and the election process,” he added.

According to the DOJ report, “In order to overcome a fundraising deficit, Das allegedly devised a scheme in or about December 2017 to solicit personal loans from friends and close associates in excess of the legal limit.”

The report all alleged, “Das withdrew approximately $314,500 in funds from his campaign account and used at least $267,000 of these funds to pay outstanding debts for his hotel business relating to vendors, the hotel’s yacht and real estate taxes unrelated to his congressional campaign.”

Das last ran for office in 2018. The Assistant U.S. Attorney Neil J. Gallagher Jr. of Mendell’s Public Corruption & Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting the case, according to the report.

Massachusetts Democrats will certainly be frustrated at the rift within the state party, revealing that not all members are running campaigns according to the rules.

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