Today the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and the FBI jointly indicted D’Souza for illegally funneling money to a conservative Senatorial candidate in 2012 and, later, lying to the Federal Election Commission about it. He faces up to 7 years in prison.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who announced the indictment in a Manhattan federal court on Thursday afternoon, alleges that D’Souza arranged for an unspecified number of individuals to donate to a political campaign under their own names on the condition that D’Souza would reimburse them in full. D’Souza apparently concocted the plot to skirt federal campaign finance laws that limit the amount of money a single individual can donate to a candidate.
While Bharara doesn’t name the candidate to whom D’Souza directed the money, Reuters identified her as Wendy Long, a Republican lawyer who in 2012 ran unsuccessfully against Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat and the junior U.S. Senator of New York State.