MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) — A former California lawmaker was charged Wednesday with 34 felonies for allegedly using more than a quarter million dollars in campaign funds for personal expenses and lying about it, prosecutors said.
Joe Canciamilla, the former elections chief for Contra Costa County, is accused of committing perjury on 30 campaign disclosure statements dating back a decade, the county’s district attorney’s office said.READ MORE: UPDATE: Air Attack, Calming Winds Aid Firefighters Battling Wildfire Near Big Sur; Containment Grows To 25 Percent
The additional four felony counts relate to grand theft of more than $261,800 in campaign funds for his personal use, prosecutors said. He allegedly spent the money on a vacation to Asia, plane tickets and other personal expenses, according to court documents.
Andy Rockas, a lawyer for Canciamilla, did not immediately return a phone call and email seeking comment.READ MORE: San Francisco Bay Area Tops Average Gas Price Per Gallon in the U.S.
Canciamilla resigned as Contra Costa elections chief in October 2019. He was the youngest public official in state history when he was elected at age 17 to the Pittsburg school board. He later served on the Pittsburg City Council and Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors before winning three terms in the state Assembly as Democrat in 2000.
Last year the Fair Political Practices Commission found Canciamilla violated campaign finance laws at least 30 times and falsified state filings to cover it up. The commission fined him $150,000.MORE NEWS: San Francisco Firefighters Rescue Dog From Cliff at Fort Funston
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