Charges Allege Fraud by Former Treasurer of a City Council Campaign
|U.S. Attorney’s Office February 06, 2013|
PHILADELPHIA—Former Philadelphia City employee John D. McDaniel, 39, of Philadelphia, was charged today in an information with one count of wire fraud for allegedly stealing $100,000 from a campaign/political committee, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. McDaniel, the former treasurer of the campaign/political committee for a Philadelphia City Councilperson, was recently fired from his city-paid airport job after the city Board of Ethics identified numerous reporting irregularities by McDaniel in the campaign’s required city filings.
According to the information, between 2009 and 2011, McDaniel used several methods to routinely and, at times, without authorization, withdraw funds from the committee account, which funds he then used for his own purposes and other purposes. At times, it is alleged that McDaniel wrote and cashed checks to himself and wrote checks to Progressive Agenda, a political action committee which he controlled, from which he then took stolen funds. It is further alleges that McDaniel concealed the theft by filing false and incomplete campaign finance reports.
If convicted, McDaniel faces a statutory maximum sentence of 30 years’ imprisonment, five years’ supervised release, a $250,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul L. Gray.