Rep. Dana Rohrabacher says campaign treasurer embezzled $170,000 — files criminal complaint
Orange County Congressman Dana Rohrabacher has filed a criminal complaint with the Orange County District Attorney and the California Attorney General against his former campaign treasurer, Jack Wu, claiming that more than $170,000 of campaign funds were embezzled from his account.
“I am disappointed and dismayed by this betrayal of trust,” Congressman Rohrabacher said in a press release.
In late May, Rohrabacher says that he discovered the embezzlement a result of an irregularity with the committee’s bank credit card which was tied to its bank account. Instead of $185,000 cash on hand, the bank account had just $187.
After immediately replacing Wu as campaign treasurer, the committee claims it confronted Wu, who admitted taking $173,500 in campaign funds. The committee has hired Charles Bell, a well-respected political attorney, and is undergoing a review of seven years of financial records.
According to the release, “The Committee also demanded immediate, full restitution, and Mr. Wu promised to do so, but as of this date has failed to do so.”