阿塞法 resigns from Assembly amid finance scandal

2021年1月12日更新-下午7:58

卡森城—一名拉斯维加斯议员因对竞选资金被滥用的指控进行了警方调查,他已经辞去了他在州议会的席位。

州长史蒂夫·西索拉克’的女发言人星期二在一封电子邮件中确认,Sisolak’s office had received a letter of resignation from Democratic Assemblyman Alexander 阿塞法, who represents District 42 in the Spring Valley area.

阿塞法’离开之际,拉斯维加斯警方已经完成了首当其冲的调查,并与内华达州总检察长讨论了起诉他的问题’的办公室和内华达州的美国律师’知情人士告诉《评论》杂志。警方建议20项以上的指控,其中大部分是重罪,包括盗窃,伪证和盗窃。

副局长安迪·沃尔什(Andy Walsh),他负责大都会警察局’的刑事情报科周二证实,该调查已准备提起诉讼。但是他拒绝进一步评论。

总检察长亚伦·福特的发言人说,办公室没有发表评论。

美国检察官尼古拉斯·特鲁塔尼奇(Nicholas Trutanich)也拒绝置评。

警方调查

在十月, 评论杂志报道 that police were looking into 阿塞法 和 transactions made between his campaign account 和 his personal bank account as well as accounts used 通过 KIB Transport LLC, a company that he 和 his mother are listed as managing members. Police also investigated whether 阿塞法 actually lives in the district, as is required 通过 law.

Detectives seized records, cellphones, computers, discs 和 a thumb drive from 阿塞法 during a May raid.

阿塞法 did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday.

In the resignation letter sent to Sisolak on Monday, 阿塞法 admitted his “mistake,”关于居留要求,尽管他没有完全承认要住在该地区以外。

“我是出于真诚的信念来代表这个地区的,因为我不仅是我的住所,而且我处于独特的位置,能够理解和满足该地区选民的需求,特别是居住在该地区的埃塞俄比亚大型社区,” 阿塞法 wrote.

But 阿塞法 said that after reading the residency requirement of the law, that he was “mistaken.”

捐钱给慈善机构

阿塞法 did not address the campaign finance allegations in the letter, but he said that he intends to donate all of the money remaining in his campaign account to local nonprofits.

In a statement, the Assembly Democratic Caucus thanked 阿塞法 “为他的服务,我们期待着很快欢迎新成员加入我们的核心小组。”

“关于内华达州做出了许多至关重要的决定’在即将到来的立法会议中,我们的未来处于危急关头,我们仍然专注于保护内华达州的重要任务’的公共健康和经济福祉,” the caucus’ statement said.

阿塞法 was first elected to office in 2018, 和 was re-elected last fall.

Before he ran for the Assembly, 阿塞法 filed court papers to change his name from Alexander Asefa Bedaso. He told the court he was born in Dodola, a small town in southeastern Ethiopia, 和 wanted to take his father’姓氏作为其文化的一部分,并更正其拼写。他的请愿书于2017年7月获得批准。

Court records show 阿塞法 filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 拉斯维加斯 in October 2006 under his old last name, 和 his debts were discharged in May 2008.

从那以后,国家记录显示他拥有或共同拥有几家小型企业,包括两个名字下的运输公司。

Per state law, the 克拉克县 Commission will appoint someone to fill his assembly seat, 和 the person must be from the same party as 阿塞法, in this case a Democrat, 和 live in the district.

阿塞法 is the fourth Democratic state lawmaker to resign amid a scandal since 2017.

前参议院多数党领袖凯尔文·阿特金森(Kelvin Atkinson)于2019年辞职,此前他同意承认将约25万美元的竞选现金用于个人用途而认罪。在Atkinson受到越来越多的性骚扰投诉后,前Sparks议员Mike Sprinkle辞职了一个多星期。

2017年,前参议员马克·曼南多(Mark Manendo)在对性骚扰投诉进行调查后辞职。

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阿塞法 resignation letter 通过 科尔顿·洛赫黑德 在Scribd上

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