Rochester mayor indicted on fraud, campaign finance violations

FILE- In this Sept. 3, 2020 file photo, Rochester, N.Y. Mayor Lovely Warren addresses the media during a news conference in Rochester, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File)

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UPDATED 10:15 AM PT – Saturday, October 3, 2020

A grand jury has indicted the mayor of Rochester, New York on felony fraud charges. A district attorney announced two charges against Mayor Lovely Warren on Friday.

She has been accused of breaking election and campaign finance laws, as well as attempting to defraud another person.

Two associates of the Democrat mayor’s campaign are also facing charges for their hand in defrauding and violating New York’s campaign finance laws.

Warren has since denied the allegation and is calling the charges a political witch hunt. However, the district attorney has pushed back on the claim.

“This is not political,” stated District Attorney Sandra Doorley. “My team presented the case to a grand jury, as we would any other case, and the result is the indictment we’re handing down today.”

The news is the latest blow to the city following the death of Daniel Prude, which recently sparked demonstrations and protests in the area.

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