The Covid-19 influence on the 2020 elections is rearing its head again in California.
TJ Cox stole the election from David Valadao in 2018 with ballot harvesting and served in Congress from 2019-2021, representing parts of Fresno, Kern and Tulare counties.
Politico reports that “Tax and payment issues dogged Cox throughout his time in Congress. The former lawmaker owed $145,000 in unpaid federal income taxes in early 2020, prompting the Internal Revenue Service to place a lien on him and his wife.”
This did not serve Cox well in the next election.
Perseverance paying off, Valadao came back and defeated the Democrat in 2020.
In 2020, all eyes were on California district 21 as Republican David Valadao and Democrat TJ Cox battled it out in Fresno County weeks after Election Day.
As votes were coming in and being counted, Republican congressional candidate David Valadao pulled ahead of Democrat Cox by over 4,000 votes.
But recall, as soon as Valadao pulled ahead by such numbers, elections officials halted counting ballots due to “Covid-19 exposure.”
One-term Congressman Cox conceded saying,” Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus, we weren’t able to engage in door-to=door personal canvassing and the election results reflected that,” blaming the restrictions imposed by the pandemic as the cause of his loss.
Cox thought to run again in 2022 but ended up endorsing Rudy Salas (D) for the congressional seat.
But Salas has distanced himself from Cox this past Tuesday saying,” T.J. Cox has disgraced himself.”
The disgrace is an indictment over an array of charges.
A new federal grand jury indictment charges former Central Valley Congressman T.J. Cox with 28 crimes, including campaign law violations and for wire fraud in acquiring a loan for construction at Granite Park.
Cox was indicted on 28 crimes by a federal grand jury – “15 counts of wire fraud, 11 counts of money laundering, one count of financial institution fraud on a mortgage and one count of making illegal conduit contributions to his congressional campaign in 2017,” KFSN reported.
FIRST ON @ABC30: Former Valley Congressman T.J. Cox (@TJCoxCongress) charged in 28-count indictment.
Wire fraud, money laundering, mortgage fraud, campaign law violations, Granite Park.
It's all in there.
I'll have details at 11 a.m. pic.twitter.com/LgOVw3JwRy
— Corin Hoggard (@corinhoggard) August 16, 2022
Cox is accused of funneling money to business associates and family members for them to then donate to his congressional campaign in 2017.
Cox is also accused of diverting money from his businesses for his own personal use.
Politico stated, “The federal indictment accuses Cox of using a cluster of business entities to enrich himself while saddling business partners with losses. The document describes a scheme in which Cox siphoned off money into secret accounts and used the proceeds to pay off his own debts, cover personal costs like private school tuition and fund his political ambitions. He allegedly fabricated a board meeting to secure loan funding and lied on a mortgage loan application.”
“Some of the diverted money went toward Cox’s successful campaign for Congress, according to the federal government. The indictment describes Cox distributing $25,000 among relatives and business associates that they could then give to his campaign.”
The indictment states, “The purpose of emphasizing individual donations was to keep pace with competitors that received high numbers of private donations and to show viability of the candidacy through individual donations.”
Politico reported that “The indictment further states that cox fraudulently obtained a $1.5 million construction loan to develop a recreation area in Fresno, California by falsely representing it would be guaranteed. The load later defaulted and prompted a loss of more than $1.28 million.
The former Democrat congressman was arrested by the FBI on charges of wire fraud, money laundering, and campaign law violations.
Cox was arrested by the FBI around 8:30 am and booked into Fresno County Jail on Tuesday.
“If convicted in the 28 count indictment, Cox faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of %250,000 for wire fraud and money laundering, according to the Justice Department. Cox is expected to be arraigned at 5pm EST on Tuesday and is currently in custody.”
From 2013 to 2018, federal prosecutors say Cox used two different fraud schemes and “illicitly obtained over $1.7 million in diverted client payments and company loans and investments he solicited and then stole.”
Gateway Pundit reports, “The lender wired more than $1.28 million to Cox’s sports non-profit, but that loan is now in default and the city of Fresno could be asked to pay it off.
The grand jury found evidence he defrauded investors in an almond processing company and a tax credit investment company, and he lied to get loans for Granite Park and for a home mortgage.
In the five felony counts involving Granite Park, the grand jury charged Cox with using his tax credit company to guarantee the loan. But prosecutors say he did that without consent from his co-owners.”
Rep. Valado, who has since his triumph over Cox, been labeled a RINO, took this opportunity to reiterate Cox’s past.
After Cox’s arrest, Rep. Valadao told ABC 30 reporter Corin Hoggard: “We all knew all along that T.J. was a shady person and it’s just been proven today.”
Cox was booked into the Fresno County jail Tuesday morning.
— Corin Hoggard (@corinhoggard) August 16, 2022