Reward announced for fraudulent flyer

May 20, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
San Jose officials have announced a reward in the case of fraudulent campaign mailers sent out in the District 5 City Council race.

One mailer tries to tie candidate Magdalena Carrasco to gangs, traffic, smog and Los Angeles politicians.

The flyer violates election law because it comes from a committee that does not exist.

Just last weekend, voters received another mailer showing Carrasco's picture next to the Vietnamese Communist flag.

That flag is considered offensive to many Vietnamese-Americans, who make up about 10 percent of the district.

The San Jose Chamber of Commerce is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the people behind them.

"What they've done is a form of identity theft, mail fraud, impersonating a candidate; it's illegal, it's over the line, it's not just unethical, it's against the law," Mayor Chuck Reed said.

The District Attorney's office and state elections officials are investigating the case.


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