Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach). Courtesy photo
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach). Courtesy photo

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach, filed a complaint Wednesday with Orange County prosecutors, alleging that his campaign committee treasurer embezzled at least $170,000 and seeking criminal charges against the accountant.

Rohrabacher’s campaign committee has also alerted the state Attorney General’s Office, according to the congressman’s Sacramento-based attorney, Charles Herbert Bell Jr.

Assistant District Attorney Joe D’Agostino confirmed that his office received a complaint from the congressman’s campaign committee and was reviewing it.

Jack Wu, who is named in the complaint, did not immediately respond to City News Service‘s request for comment.

The Voice of OC, which was the first to report the allegations, said Wu declined comment when the news site contacted him.

Wu has served as treasurer for the congressman for about seven years, Bell said.

The alleged embezzlement came to light in late May when a credit card charge was rejected, Bell said. A campaign committee member called about the problem with the credit card charge and found there was $187 in the campaign’s bank account, Bell said.

“When they were told they had $187 in the account, they thought they misheard it and they said, $187,000, but, no, it was $187,” Bell said.

Bell alleged that Wu wrote checks to cash for $5,000 at a time and pocketed the money, starting in 2014 and continuing into this year.

“The congressman is disappointed and dismayed,” Bell said.

Campaign officials are now investigating financial records before 2014, he said.

— City News Service

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