San Bernardino city council member who was running for mayor in the Nov. 5 election was charged Thursday with failing to disclose monetary campaign contributions in San Bernardino
Superior Court, a District Attorney's spokesman said.
Chas Kelley, 44, of
San Bernardino, pleaded guilty to one count of perjury and will spend
90 days in county jail and five years on probation, Christopher Lee of the D.A.'s Office said.
investigation, which led to the filing of charges and the subsequent
conviction, was initiated by complaints San Bernardino County District
Attorney investigators received in 2011," Lee said. "After
further investigation, the amount of under-reported monetary
contributions Kelley failed to disclose was $74,222.76."
According to Lee, Kelley made the following statement after his guilty plea:
freely, voluntarily, knowingly and intelligently, admit that: From on
or about January 31, 2007, through July 30, 2012, on numerous
occasions, I committed perjury, by falsely stating as
true the amount of money I was depositing to and withdrawing from my
Friends of Chas Kelley campaign account, on the Fair Political Practices
Commission Form 460 that I filed or caused to be filed for the
reporting periods that occurred between July 1, 2006,
to June 30, 2012, so I could hide the fact that I was using that money
improperly for non-campaign related purposes."
a result of his guilty plea to perjury, Kelley has resigned from public
office and he is precluded from holding any future elected or appointed
position, according to District Attorney Michael Ramos.
citizens of this county expect and deserve that the officials they put
into office are working in the best interests of the public, not their
own," Ramos said. "Let this be yet another warning that public corruption will not be
tolerated in the county of San Bernardino."
Deputy District Attorney Reza Sadeghi prosecuted the case. Sentencing is scheduled at 2 p.m. Dec. 13 in San Bernardino Superior Court.