Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter and wife indicted by federal grand jury for fraud
By: Susan Conte, Xiro Xone News August 22, 2018 Updated: 5:11 PM PT
The Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and his wife Margaret, Tuesday, they were arraigned in a San Diego court and released on bond.
Leading up to the indictment, Hunter and his wife were under criminal investigation for wire fraud, violating campaign finance laws, and conspiracy. They are accused of spending campaign money and falsifying documents as to how it was spent. Hunter, a former marine, is accused of lying by claiming funds were spent on charitable and campaign expenditures for veterans, constituents, and campaign donors when records have shown it was used on friends, family, and frivolity.
Hunter is accused of using campaign cash from donors to pay for jewelry, groceries, travel, vacations in Italy and Hawaii, theater tickets, online video gaming, clothing, make up and more. In what some, have called particularly despicable, Hunter wanted to buy some shorts for himself, his wife Margaret, who was paid $3,000 a month as his campaign manager suggested, he buy the shorts at a golf pro-shop then falsely report the purchase as "golf balls for the wounded warriors project, a charity for Veterans.”
According to the indictment, in an attempt to cover up the use of the campaign funds for a vacation in Italy, Hunter tried to arrange a tour of a Naval base, but when he was told that the Navy could only make arrangements for a specific date, he told his chief of staff to tell the Navy to "go fuck themselves."
Hunter spent money at restaurants with his wife and, other women he was suspected of having affairs with, including one working in his office. Some of the cash was used by Margaret Hunter, to fly her and the mother’s boyfriend, to Poland, and then falsified records to make it appear the trip was to Kentucky and New Orleans.
The Hunter’s also used the money for family dental work then listed the cost as a charitable contribution to “Smiles for Life,” school tuition for their kids, and $600.00 to fly their pet bunny rabbit with them on vacation.
The San Diego U.S. Attorney's Office accused Duncan and Margaret Hunter of conspiring to misuse $250,000 in campaign money for personal use and filing false campaign finance reports. Congressman Hunter said, “His wife, who ran his political committee, knew the rules on campaign disbursements.” He continued by saying, “My wife, she ran my dad’s FEC reports and his campaign prior to us getting married.”
Some republicans want Hunter to retire before his scandals, cost them a seat in the house but Hunter, refused. Hunter’s attorney said, “He paid back $60,000 of the money.”
Democratic opponent, Campa-Najjar said, “Hunter was in it for his own interests and it’s time to get rid of the corruption and greed that has held Washington captive for too long."
When Congressman Hunter was asked about the charges, he said it was “political” it was the “deep state” and they were going after him because he was close to the President. Constituents protesting outside the courthouse in San Diego chanted, “Lock him up.” One protester said, “The deep state did not take the vacations, lie on forms, or lie about spending money on military vets.”