Rep. Juan Vargas isn’t denying he may be the federal election candidate who got tied up in a campaign finance scheme involving a former San Diego police detective and the owner of a Mexican security firm.
“Transparency is crucial to an individual’s faith in their elected officials and their government. That is why I am shocked at these claims and, if true, am offended by the actions of these individuals. If any contributions did not come from the disclosed source, I was not aware of it. Upon reading the (U-T San Diego), I immediately contacted the DCCC and, out of an abundance of caution, urged its leaders to return funds received from those listed in the complaint. I have also requested that if any funds have been contributed to my past or current campaigns from said individuals, they be immediately returned.”
The federal complaint unsealed Tuesday night alleges that Encinas, the former detective, approached a representative of so-called Candidate 2, wanting to donate cash from a foreign national. The politician’s representative – it’s not clear whether it was actually a staffer – apparently told Encinas that the foreign national would need to prove he had a green card if he wanted to donate.