Cincinnati political adviser was accused of embezzling $ 1.4 million from the USAO-SDOH congressional campaign

CINCINNATI – A political and media adviser has been charged with federal cable fraud and record falsification in connection with the misappropriation of more than $ 1.4 million from a United States Congressional campaign.

A disclosure statement was filed today against James R. Schwartz II, 41, of Cincinnati. The United States today filed an objection document in this case, too, for consideration by the court in a future objection hearing.

According to court records, Schwartz served as a consultant on behalf of a congressional campaign through his companies Fountain Square Group LLC and Prime Media LLC from approximately 2011 to 2019. Schwartz also served as the de facto treasurer for the campaign.

The information list states that Schwartz embezzled funds from the congressional campaign by writing campaign checks to himself and his companies for more money than he and his companies actually earned. He is said to have concealed the misappropriated funds by misrepresenting the amounts paid to him and his companies in reports to the Bundestag Election Commission. It is alleged that Schwartz fabricated bank statements and other documents with the Bundestag Electoral Commission in order to hide his embezzlement.

The commission of wire fraud and the falsification of records in a federal investigation are criminal offenses that can be punished with a prison sentence of up to 20 years.

Vipal J. Patel, acting United States attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Chris Hoffman, special agent for the Cincinnati Division’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), announced the charges. United States Assistant Attorney Matthew C. Singer is representing the United States in this case.

A letter of information is just an accusation and all defendants are presumed innocent unless found guilty in a court of law.

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