Hunter faces FBI scrutiny following campaign finance and bank fraud allegations

Congressman Duncan Hunter. Courtesy photo

SAN DIEGO – A federal investigation into the financial practices of Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, R-Alpine, ranges from alleged campaign finance irregularities to bank fraud, according to a search warrant that was made public earlier this week.

The document discovered and disseminated via Twitter by Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, showed that investigators seized computer equipment, bills and disbursements and other documents in a March raid on the Alexandria, Virginia, home of Hunter’s campaign treasurer, Chris Marston.

Neither Hunter’s office not an attorney for Marston immediately responded to a request for comment.

Hunter, a former Marine who followed his father into office in the seat that represents parts of eastern and northern San Diego County and extreme southern reaches of Temecula in Riverside County, has faced scrutiny for his campaign’s financial dealings since early last year. He has since reimbursed his campaign around $62,000 for expenses like a family vacation in Italy, dental surgery and purchases in the Disneyland gift shop.

The search warrant, approved by U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Nachmanoff Feb. 22, called for the seizure of records of campaign fund disbursements, financial disclosures, responses to inquiries by the Federal Elections Commission, calendars and travel records, financial records, and tax and accounting records.

The investigators also sought communications between the congressman, his wife, Marston and partner Brenda Hankins and other staffers.

According to the search warrant, the investigators were looking for documents that showed evidence of alleged “prohibited conversion of any Hunter committee campaign contributions or donations for personal use from February 2010 to the present”; “a scheme to defraud First National Bank by making false statements related to video game charges which resulted in the refunding or crediting of charges not properly due”; falsification of FEC reports; and a conspiracy to commit the crimes.

Hunter told the San Diego Union-Tribune in April of last year that the $1,300 in video game charges were the result of a credit card mix-up by his teenage son. He called the charges fraudulent, and said they were reversed and credited back to the campaign credit card, the newspaper reported.

14 Responses to "Hunter faces FBI scrutiny following campaign finance and bank fraud allegations"

  1. Maynotlast   August 10, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    ANOTHER California Repub. going down for crimes?? Geezus!

    • Me   August 15, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      I guess you missed all the California DEMOCRATIC State Senators that were arrested lately huh?

  2. Lee   August 10, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Here you go, folks. A former soldier — all soldiers and military folks have a HUGE sense of entitlement — thought he could do whatever the heck he wanted and our democracy and laws be darned.

    Here you go, folks.

    Welcome to our mighty military-industrial complex. Welcome.

    • D   August 11, 2017 at 11:31 am

      He was not a soldier. All of the Military people I know are very humble. Stop being a TROLL! LOL….you are killing me…LAMO!

  3. John G   August 11, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Sounds like it is time for citizens to audit the records of ALL politicians? Unless of course, you believe that some politicians are above the law?

    The “Swamp” needs draining, not only in Washington D.C. and in the State Capitol building in Sacramento but within our own local and county governments.

    Citizens should seek out and uncover corruption and collusion at whatever level or political office or political leaning.

    It is only through constant vigilance by citizens that we can keep all of our representatives honest and clean.

    • Lee   August 11, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      @ John G.

      Agreed 100%!

  4. grunt   August 11, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Lee- I have been ignoring you but – You have absolutely no idea of what you speak, I know you have total disrespect for the military, but when you say something as idiocy as “all military have a sense of entitlement” you show your true ignorance. You are stupid, lack understanding of terms you try to use (“military-industrial complex”) and are probably a small, scared little man with no sense of honor, courage or values.

    • De Luz Neighbor   August 12, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      F&BVN, please add a ‘like’ function to your comment sections.

  5. BGG   August 11, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    I think all American citizens should be able to opine about the size and compensation levels of our military but I find the attacks and sweeping knee jerk vilification and prejudice towards its members to be offensive. I nor any members of my family have ever served in the military but I recognize the need to have one. I feel very fortunate to live in a country which is prosperous enough to afford a first rate defense.

    As to the Duncan Hunter matter, what Hunter did was nothing less than criminal. His ongoing and repeated embezzlement should be prosecuted. The fact he has agreed to repay the proceeds of his ill gotten gains (only after the theft was discovered btw) is immaterial. The facts of the matter are not even in dispute. Hunter embezzled money over an extended period of time and converted it into his own personal use. Hunter had no legal entitlement to do this. If this were you or I, and law enforcement was made aware, there would be legal consequences. Citizens should demand no less a standard for a sitting Congressman

  6. Lee   August 11, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    The saddest part to me is that he is pictured with the red, white & blue.


  7. Eliot   August 12, 2017 at 8:35 am

    This guy is scum. He made up a lie about terrorists coming across our southern border and now he’s proving to be 100% corrupt. Spending campaign money that honest people donated to get him elected on dental work, vacations, and disney merchandise is despicable. People need to stop voting for their party and start doing research on the candidates running. I’d rather have an honest democrat than a corrupt republican any day…. and I’m a life long conservative.

    • Lee   August 14, 2017 at 6:08 pm

      @ Eliot

      So you believe there is such a person as an honest democrat, do you? Thank you for the good laugh, Eliot, and your naiveness.

      ALL politicians are scum[beep].

  8. Baffled at Lee   August 13, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Lee is a useless troll who offers absolutely no value to this site, our community or the people around him. He has no clue about service to others beyond typing his hate and ignorance across the internet. His idea of service is his weekly keyboard cleaning to remove all the Cheetos dust.

  9. Anothercrookedrepublican   August 16, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Another corrupt Republican. Surprise surprise. The majority of Fallbrook voted Republican. Why? So they don’t have to pay their fair share of taxes like the rest of us hardworking Americans. The rich get richer and the poor pay all the taxes for everyone. The tax breaks were all given to the rich, and the tax breaks were taken away from the working poor. So the poor and middle class are getting screwed under Trump reign of terror. What did you expect? Good things from a guy who refuses to produce his tax returns to the American people? It will only get worse folks. Fasten your seatbelts because we are in for a ride from hell.


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