Reward announced for fraudulent flyer

SAN JOSE, CA

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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