SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are taking the rare step of announcing they will seek no further charges after convicting the father of a congressman of illegally funneling nearly $270,000 in contributions to his son’s campaigns.
The announcement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento is good news for Democratic U.S. Rep. Ami Bera of Elk Grove.
He was not charged and has denied knowing about his father’s activities. Prosecutors said they have found no evidence that he was involved, but until Friday had said their investigation was continuing.
He is facing a tough re-election campaign against Republican Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones.
Eighty-three-year-old Babulal Bera of La Palma was sentenced last month to a year and a day in federal prison and fined $100,000 for violating federal election laws.