Contra Costa County

Ex-State Lawmaker Out of Pittsburg Charged With Campaign Fraud

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Prosecutors say a former California lawmaker from the East Bay has been charged with 34 felonies for illegally spending campaign funds and lying about it.

Joe Canciamilla, the former elections chief for Contra Costa County, is accused of committing perjury on 30 campaign disclosure statements dating back a decade. The additional four felony counts relate to alleged grand theft of more than $260,000 in campaign funds for his personal use.

Canciamilla's lawyer said he hasn't yet discussed the criminal complaint with his client.

Canciamilla served on the Pittsburg City Council and Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors before winning three terms in the state Assembly as a Democrat.

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