John Liu Fundraiser Arrested For Campaign Fraud
MANHATTAN -- A fundraiser who allegedly funneled $16,000 in illegal campaign contributions into John Liu's mayoral campaign war chest was arrested by federal authorities Wednesday, according to reports.
Xing Wu Pan, 46, of New Jersey, was arrested on charges he set up "straw donors" for an unnamed candidate in order to funnel campaign contributions exceeding the individual limit in New York City, according to the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office.
The attorney's office declined to say which candidate Wu Pan was raising funds for, but The New York Times reported Wednesday he was a fundraiser for Comptroller John Liu.
Liu has reportedly raised more than $1 million for a mayoral run in 2013.
Apart from circumventing campaign donation limits, Wu Pan is also accused of inflating the amount of money given to the campaign by individuals in order to increase the amount of matching funds from the city's campaign finance board.
Wu Pan is expected to be arraigned in Manhattan federal court Wednesday.