Mayor Lovely Warren was indicted on Friday for charges of a scheme to defraud in the first degree and campaign finance violations that stem from her re-election campaign three years ago, according to officials.
The other two people indicted are Warren’s campaign treasurer, Albert Jones Jr., and the treasurer of her political action committee, Rosalind Brooks-Harris.
Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley announced the indictments in a press release and said the city’s first female mayor, and others, took steps to evade campaign contribution limits and regulations.
For example, in 2017, the Warren for a Stronger Rochester PAC transferred $30,000 from the group to Warren’s committee called Friends of Lovely Warren. Under state rules, PACs and committees are forbidden from coordinating together. Warren says the money had been placed into the PAC account by mistake.
The mayor has been facing criticism over the police-involved death of Daniel Prude, but her supporters stand by her and say she is innocent until proven guilty, and that she should remain as mayor, and that her status as mayor should be determined by the outcome of her trial.
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