I would hate to be Beej right now.
The former congressional candidate has been reportedly arrested by The F.B.I. for alleged campaign financing violations, and campaign fraud.
Sources say he was arrested in Massachusetts for supposedly raising at least $125,000 from people close to him which he then used for business and personal purposes.
It’s funny how The F.B.I. chooses to spend hard earned tax payer funds going after Beej when there are real criminals in D.C. who do 10x worse each and every day.
Where’s the justice F.B.I?
Why aren’t we seeing similar arrests in D.C, as an attempt to clear away the swamp?
These are the charges and counts The F.B.I. is alleging against Beej:
#BREAKING: The #FBI has arrested Abhijit Das, a former candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 3rd Congressional District of MA, for allegedly violating the Federal Election Campaign Act and for making false statements.https://t.co/wvQkARo5bY pic.twitter.com/0FFrXNpguV
— FBI Boston (@FBIBoston) June 29, 2021
Former candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in the 3rd Congressional District of Massachusetts arrested today on charges of violating the Federal Election Campaign Act and making false statements https://t.co/IN1SFDl9F6
— U.S. Attorney MA (@DMAnews1) June 29, 2021
Breaking 911 outlined the allegations:
According to the indictment, Das was a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 3rd Congressional District of Massachusetts in the 2017-2018 election.
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. On or about Dec. 17, 2017, Das allegedly emailed a contributor asking for a friend to support his campaign to reach a specific fundraising goal of over $450,000 by the end of the year and indicated that reaching that goal might need “some engineering.”
It is alleged that Das advised a member of his campaign that he would “aggregate” the loans into “one batch” and execute a main transfer into the campaign account.
The indictment further alleges that Das caused three different individuals to contribute approximately $125,000 to his campaign and structured the contributions as personal loans to a family member to circumvent Federal Election Commission (FEC) reporting requirement and contribution limits. Das allegedly concealed the excessive campaign contributions from the FEC, falsely claimed that the funds from the excessive contributions were his own personal funds and engaged in illegal conduit contributions to his campaign.
In addition, the indictment also alleges that between January and May 2018, 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.
Beej Das finished 7th in the #ma3 open-seat primary Lori Trahan won in 2018.
— Lisa Kashinsky (@lisakashinsky) June 29, 2021
The Justice.Gov website for Massachusetts had more details on the official charges:
A former candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 3rd Congressional District of Massachusetts was arrested today on charges of violating the Federal Election Campaign Act and false statements.
Abhijit Das, a/k/a “Beej,” 47, of North Andover, was indicted on one count of accepting excessive campaign contributions, one count of conduit contributions, one count of conversion of campaign funds, one count of engaging in a scheme to falsify, conceal, and cover up material facts and two counts of making a false statement. Das was arrested today and will make his initial appearance before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Jennifer C. Boal at 2:30 p.m.
“Mr. Das allegedly solicited illegal campaign donations, used the money for his own business expenses and debts, and then attempted to conceal his actions,” said Nathaniel R. Mendell, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. “We are committed to prosecuting this kind of criminal conduct, because doing so protects the election process and vindicates every voter’s right to law-abiding campaigns and transparent elections.”