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83085345 Hou Jenny Complaint

83085345 Hou Jenny Complaint

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AssiApproved:JACOBS/JUSTINANDERSONAttorneysBefore:HONOEHEODOREH.KATZUnitedStatesMagistrateJUdgelSouthernDistrictofNewYork
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COMPLAINTUNITEDSTATESOFAMERICA
v.
Violationsof18U.S.C.
§§
1349,1343,1512JIAHOU,a/k/a"JennyHOu,"COUNTYOFOFFENSE:NEWYORKDefendant.
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SOUTHERNDISTRICTOFNEWYORK,sS.:DONALDM.CHU,beingdulysworn,deposesandsaysthatheisaSpecialAgentwiththeFederalBureauofInvestigation("FBI"),andchargesasfollows:COUNTONE(ConspiracyToCommitWireFraud)1.Fromatleastinorabout2009uptoandincludinginorabout
2011
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inthe'SouthernDistrictofNewYorkandelsewhere,JIAHOU,a/k/a"JennyHou,t!thedefendant,andothersknownandunknown,willfullyandknowinglycombined,conspired,confederatedandagreedtogetherandwitheachothertocommitwirefraudinviolationofTitle18,UnitedStatesCode,Section1343.2.ItwasapartandobjectoftheconspiracythatJIAHOU
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a/k/a"JennyHou,('thedefendant,andothersknownandunknown,havingdevisedandintendingtodeviseaschemeandartificetodefraud,andforobtainingmoneybymeansoffalseandfraudulentpretenses,representations,andpromises,willfullyandknowinglywouldanddidtransmitandcausetobetransmitted
by
meansofwirecommunicationininterstateandforeigncommerce,writings,signs,signals,pictures,andsoundsforthepurposeofexecutingsuchschemeandartifice.
 
OvertActs3.Infurtheranceofsaidconspiracyandtoeffecttheillegalobjectthereof,thefollowingovertacts,amongothers,werecommittedintheSouthernDistrictofNewYork:a.OnoraboutJuly10,2011,inNewYork,NewYork,JIAHOU,a/k/a"JennyHou,"thedefendant,instructedacampaignvolunteertoimitatethehandwritingofcampaigndonorsondonorcontributionforms.b.OnoraboutJuly14,2011,inNewYork,NewYork,JIAHOU,a/k/a"JennyHou,"thedefendant,offeredtoreimburseanindividualforacampaigndonation.c.OnoraboutAugust17,2011,inNewYork,NewYork,JIAHOU,a/k/a"JennyHou,"thedefendant,reviewedfraudulentcontributionformscollectedfromcertainindividuals(hereinafterthe"StrawDonors")duringafundraisingeventforacandidateforCitywideelectiveofficein2013(the"Candidate").(Title18,UnitedStatesCode,Section1349.)COUNTTWO(AttemptedWireFraud)4.Frominorabout2009uptoandincludinginorabout2011,intheSouthernDistrictofNewYorkandelsewhere,JIAHOU,a/k/a"JennyHOu,"thedefendant,willfullyandknowinglyhavingdevisedandintendingtodeviseaschemeandartificetodefraud,andforobtainingmoneyandpropertybymeansoffalseandfraudulentpretenses,representations,andpromises,didtransmitandcausetobetransmittedbymeansofwire,radio,andtelevisionco.mmunicationininterstateandforeigncommerce,writings,signs,signals,pictures,andsoundsforthepurposeofexecutingsuchschemeandartificeandattemptingtodoso,towit,HOUandothersengagedinaschemetodefraudtheCityofNewYork(hereinafterthe"City")byusingstrawdonorstoattempttoobtaincampaignmatchingfundstosupportthe·Candidate'scampaignforCitywideelectiveoffice.(Title18,unitedStatesCode,Sections1349and1343.)COUNTTHREE(ObstructionofJustice)5.FrominoraboutDecember2011,uptoandincludingthepresent,intheSouthernDistrictofNewYorkandelsewhere,JIAHOU,a/k/a"Jenny
Hou,"
thedefendant,willfully,
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knowingly,andcorruptly,didobstruct,influence,andimpedeofficialproceedingsandattempttodoso,towit,inresponsetoaGrandJurysubpoena,HOUdidnotprovidetheGrandJurywithdocumentsthatsheknewcontainedinformationthatwasresponsivetothesubpoenainordertoconcealthatinformation.(Title18,UnitedStatesCode,Section1512(c)(2).)Thebasesformyknowledgeandtheforegoingchargeare,inpart,asfollows:6.IamaSpecialAgentwiththeFederalBureauofInvestigation(the"FBI").Ihavebeenpersonallyinvolvedintheinvestigationofthismatter.Thisaffidavitisbaseduponmyconversationswithlaw-enforcementagentsandothersandmyexaminationofreportsandrecords.Becausethisaffidavitisbeingsubmittedforthelimitedpurposeofestablishingprobablecause,itdoesnotincludeallthefactsthatIhavelearnedduringthecourseofmyinvestigation.Wherethecontentsofdocumentsandtheactions,statements,andconversationsofothersarereportedherein,theyarereportedinsubstanceandinpart,exceptwhereotherwiseindicated.
OverviewOfTheScheme
7.Onthebasisoftheevidencesetforthbelow,thereisprobablecausetobelievethatJIAHOU,a/k/a"JennyHou,"thedefend2mt,andherco-conspirators,participatedinaschemetodefraudtheCitythatinvolvedtheuseofStrawDonors
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tofunnelmultiplelargeillegalcampaigncontributionstotheCandidate'S2013campaignforCitywideelectiveoffice.Amongotherthings,oneobjectoftheschemewastoincreasetheamountofmatChingcampaignfundstheCampaignwouldreceivefromtheCity.Onvariousoccasions,certainindividualsarrangedformultipleStrawDonorstomakeaseriesofcontributionstotheCampaignthatwereunderthe$4,950limit.TheseStrawDonorswouldbereimbursedforthesecontributionsbytheseindividuals.Aspartofthisscheme,onbehalfofeachStrawDonor,acampaigncontributionformwasfilledoutcontaining,amongotherthings,thestrawdonor'sapparentname,address,employmentinformation,theamountdonatedtotheCandidate,andtheStrawDonor'SpurportedsignatureacknowledgingthattheStrawDonorwasnotbeingreimbursedinanymannerformakingthecampaigncontribution.TheCitywouldrelyupontheinformationcontained
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"StrawDonors"areindividuals,whoinviolationofcampaignfinancelaws,makecampaigncontributionsintheirownnameswithmoneytheyhavereceivedfromotherindividualsorforwhichtheyreceivereimbursementfromotherindividuals.
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