Ami Bera's father pleads guilty to fraud in the election campaign. Ami Bera has been the U.S. Representative for California's 7th congressional district since 2013.
Ami’s father allegedly pleaded guilty for the account of illegally channeling more than a quarter of a million dollars to his son's campaigns in 2010 and 2012.
Bera's father Babulal Bera is set to be sentenced in August and he is recommended to put into the prison up to 30 months by federal prosecutors.
“Congressman Bera and his campaign staff have been fully cooperative in this investigation," acting U.S. Atty. Phillip A. Talbert said in a news conference.
It is said that Bera's father repaid at least portions of the donations, and investigators said that it’s possible even more money was donated illegally to the congressman’s early campaigns.
Babulal pleaded guilty to funneling $225,326 to back Ami’s political aspirations in 2009 and an additional $43,000 in 2011. In both election cycles, Bera's parents had already made their own contributions of $2,400 and $2,500, the maximum allowed under the law.
In a written statement, Rep. Bera said he was "incredibly saddened and disappointed in learning what my dad did." According to him, neither he nor any campaign aides was aware of the activities until being contacted by federal prosecutors.
— The Sacramento Bee (@sacbee_news) May 10, 2016