Headline RoundupAugust 17th, 2022

Former Congressman TJ Cox Indicted on 28 Counts of Fraud, Money Laundering

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On Tuesday, former Democratic Congressman TJ Cox was indicted on 28 different counts of financial and campaign contribution fraud, according to court documents.

The 59-year-old Cox is accused of 11 counts of money laundering, 15 counts of wire fraud, one count of campaign contribution fraud, and one count of financial institution fraud. Cox represented California's 21st congressional District from 2019 to 2021 before losing to Republican David Valadao. Cox served on both the Committee on Agriculture and the Committee on Natural Resources when he was in office.

If convicted, the money laundering and wire fraud charges carry a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine, while the charges associated with financial institution fraud carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. According to the Justice Department, there could be another $250,000 fine and a maximum of 5 years in prison for campaign contribution fraud.

Right-rated sources were more likely to highlight the news than left-rated sources, and many focused on how Cox served as a Democrat.

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