Updated: October 02, 2020 04:07 PM
Created: October 02, 2020 01:17 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A grand jury indicted Mayor Lovely Warren Friday on charges she broke campaign finance rules and committed fraud during her reelection campaign three years ago.
Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley also announced charges against Warren’s campaign treasurer, Albert Jones Jr., and the treasurer of her political action committee and deputy finance director at City Hall, Rosalind Brooks-Harris.
The three are charged with one count of scheme to defraud and one count of violation of election law, both Class E felonies.
Watch Friday's press conference in its entirety below.
Doorley said Warren and the others took steps to evade contribution limits between Nov. 6, 2013 and Nov. 7, 2017.
“The indictment alleges that it was not a mistake,” Doorley said.
In August, prosecutors issued subpoenas to people they wanted to question in their investigation into allegations of campaign finance violations against the mayor. Both WXXI radio host Evan Dawson and lobbyist Robert Scott Gaddy testified before the grand jury.
Warren had previously denied any attempt to evade campaign finance rules, calling the investigation "a political witch hunt."
Warren, Jones Jr. and Brooks-Harris are scheduled to be arraigned on Monday at 4 p.m. in front of Cayuga County Judge Thomas G. Leone in Monroe County.
At a press conference later Friday, Mayor Lovely Warren's Attorney said intent will be an issue in this case, and that Mayor Warren maintains that she did not knowingly violate the law.
Her attorney also said that he received the indictment just before 4 p.m. and that the legal team will have more to say once they receive discovery.
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