Former Liu aides found guilty
City Comptroller John Liu’s former campaign treasurer and former fundraiser were found guilty on Thursday for their roles in a scheme to illegally funnel money into Liu’s campaign.
Liu, who was not charged, said on Thursday that he was “deeply saddened” by the verdict but that he would continue with his run for mayor, the New York Times reported.
Though the scandal has raised questions about how much Liu knew about the scheme, he said on Thursday, “I have nothing to hide. I have a clear conscience.”
His two associated were charged more than a year ago with scheming to use straw donors to raise money and obtain matching funds from the city.
Xing Wu “Oliver” Pan, a former fundraiser, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and attempted wire fraud.
Ex-campaign treasurer Jia “Jenny” Hou was acquitted of conspiracy but convicted of attempting wire fraud, obstruction of justice and lying to federal agents.