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Sant Chatwal pleads guilty to violating US electoral laws

New York: Indian-American hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal today pleaded guilty at US court here to violating federal election campaign laws by using straw donors to secretly funnel money to political campaigns and will pay a

PTI [ Updated: April 17, 2014 23:45 IST ]
sant chatwal pleads guilty to violating us electoral laws
sant chatwal pleads guilty to violating us electoral laws

New York: Indian-American hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal today pleaded guilty at US court here to violating federal election campaign laws by using straw donors to secretly funnel money to political campaigns and will pay a million dollars to the US as part of his plea agreement.


“Chatwal admitted that he used straw donors to secretly funnel money to political campaigns so that he could gain access to the politicians, and he coerced another person to hide his crime,” said Acting US Assistant Attorney General David O'Neil.

Chatwal, 70, had raised at least USD 100,000 for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign against Barack Obama.

He pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of New York to conspiring to violate the Federal Election Campaign Act (the ‘Election Act') by making more than USD 180,000 in federal campaign donations to three candidates through straw donors who were reimbursed and to witness tampering.

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