Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and his wife, Margaret, have been charged with misusing at least $250,000 in campaign donations for their own personal expenses and were indicted on Tuesday for it, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
The DOJ report revealed that Hunter was accused of using the campaign funds to take vacation trips to Italy and Hawaii, to pay for his family’s dental work, to fund his children’s tuition money and even paying for relatives to travel internationally.
And if that wasn’t enough, Hunter and his family also used the funds for their entertainment. According to the DOJ, the California Republican also spent the funds on “fast food, movie tickets, golf outings, video games, coffee, groceries, home utilities, and expensive meals.”
Hunter was caught falsifying records filed to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) by claiming that his expenses were being used for ” ‘campaign travel,’ ‘dinner with volunteers/contributors,’ ‘toy drives,’ ‘teacher/parent and supporter events,’ ‘gift cards’ for charitable donations, and ‘gift basket items,’ among other false descriptions,” the DOJ reported.
The allegations against the couple were detailed in a 48-page indictment returned by a federal grand jury in California.
“The indictment alleges that Congressman Hunter and his wife repeatedly dipped into campaign coffers as if they were personal bank accounts, and falsified FEC campaign finance reports to cover their tracks,” U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman said in a statement.
“Elected representatives should jealously guard the public’s trust, not abuse their positions for personal gain. Today’s indictment is a reminder that no one is above the law,” Braverman said.
According to the DOJ, Hunter and his wife are set to appear in court on Thursday morning.