A Democrat running for a U.S. Senate seat in Wisconsin has been charged with five felony charges. It seems like I write about one Democrat or another who has allegedly committed a felony or two. It must be in their DNA. Milwaukee Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, who announced her candidacy for Senate on July 21 was arrested on charges of embezzlement, theft by fraud, misconduct in public office and two campaign finance crimes (intentionally filing a false report and intentionally accepting unlawful disbursement).
The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office filed a criminal complaint against Lewis saying that she illegally took money from her campaign fund and from the city for reimbursements that paid for her personal expenses.
Milwaukee Alderwoman and U.S. Senate candidate Chantia Lewis charged with 4 felonies and 1 misdemeanor for campaign finance violations and misconduct in office. Here's what prosecutors allege in the criminal complaint: pic.twitter.com/Cy1bg0zUqW
— Matt Smith (@mattsmith_news) September 7, 2021
She allegedly used the money to finance thirteen business and personal trips, including three trips to Las Vegas. It is a clear case of “double-dipping”.She would then allegedly turn in the bills for reimbursement from her campaign funds. She also allegedly deposited donation checks that she deposited into her personal account.
She allegedly used that money to pay her rent and other personal expenses such as car repairs and other bills. That totaled over $16000 dollars. She may not be suited for the Democratic party not because she committed five felonies, but because she got caught. The Democrats are looking for people who are smart enough not to get caught.
The complaint concluded:
“All of these behaviors were in excess of her authority and were done without consent.”
JUST IN: Milwaukee Alderwoman and US Senate candidate Chantia Lewis faces felony charges for campaign finance violations. She’s accused of fraudulent reimbursements and using campaign funds for personal expenses. pic.twitter.com/FlPMoqQq9b
— Jason Calvi (@JasonCalvi) September 7, 2021
“Make no mistake that our judicial system presumes that every individual is considered innocent until proven guilty in court,” Johnson said in a news release. “However, until this matter is resolved, I am moving without hesitation to protect the institution of the Milwaukee Common Council, as well as the City of Milwaukee.”
Lewis released a statement to WTMJ saying she recently had been alerted to “potential campaign reporting errors” and “accounting errors.” However, she said, “[M]ake no mistake, I am innocent of any criminal wrongdoing.”
“As a public servant, faith leader, and 9/11 veteran who has served my country with pride, I have served, and will continue to serve, in elected office with transparency, integrity, and honor,” the statement read.
The Democrat said her campaign was mostly self-funded since she was a first-time candidate and that she and her team did their “very best” to run a positive campaign.
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