UNITED STATES ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

Southern District of New York
U.S. ATTORNEY PREET BHARARA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, May 2, 2013 http://www.justice.gov/usao/nys CONTACT: Ellen Davis, Jerika Richardson, Julie Bolcer, Jennifer Queliz (212) 637-2600

STATEMENT OF MANHATTAN U.S. ATTORNEY PREET BHARARA ON THE CONVICTIONS OF XING WU PAN AND JIA HOU
“As the jury found, Jia Hou and Oliver Pan stuck a knife into the heart of New York City’s campaign finance law by violating the prohibition against illegal campaign contributions, all to corruptly advantage the campaign of a candidate for city-wide office. Cases like this give the people of New York yet another reason to be troubled by the electoral process, and they have a right to demand fair, open, and honest elections untainted by cynical subversion of campaign finance laws. With these convictions, it is our hope that some measure of the public’s confidence can be restored. We will continue our efforts to stamp out public corruption wherever we find it. We thank the jury for their time and service, and the outstanding prosecutors who so ably tried this case.” 13-162 ###

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