PROVIDENCE — Metropolis Council candidate Gerard Catala has been accused of a slew of marketing campaign finance violations and could now facial area prosecution.
On Thursday, the state’s Board of Elections announced that an audit performed by its Marketing campaign Finance Division uncovered the violations and referred the circumstance to the lawyer general’s business office for “thought and probable prosecution.”
“The Board is liable for implementing Rhode Island marketing campaign finance legal guidelines, and will acquire whatsoever steps permissible beneath regulation to assure compliance by candidates and committees,” the board mentioned in a assertion.
A summary of the audit, which covers January 2018 by means of June 2021, states that Catala took a lot more than $7,000 from his campaign’s bank account around the training course of 132 transactions but did not disclose those people transactions on his campaign finance reviews, and those debits haven’t proved to be marketing campaign-connected.
The board also found that additional than $6,000 in deposits were being not disclosed on campaign finance stories, and the source of virtually $4,000 could not be determined.
Far more than $4,000 value of campaign paying came from Catala’s personalized funds — one more violation of campaign finance legislation, the board claimed.
Furthermore, the board reported that in 2018, Catala failed to file 4 campaign finance studies, and from 2019 into 2021, seven reviews falsely documented no contributions or expending. In accordance to the board, 3 years’ worthy of of copies of his marketing campaign bank account statements from 2018 to 2020 were being also not submitted.
In an additional occasion, a $50 check labeled “donation” was set into a personalized account, the board noted.
Catala, who is managing for the Ward 9 seat currently held by Councilwoman Carmen Castillo, did not promptly reply to a ask for for comment. Even so, the board’s report contained his reaction to the results:
“Catala indicated his delay in filing his campaign finance studies for 2018 was because of to his drive to post entire and precise marketing campaign finance stories that would not need to be afterwards amended. Catala further indicated his 2018 marketing campaign promotional start provided things these kinds of as door hangers, bumper stickers, palm playing cards, enterprise cards, button stickers and extra, which price above $2,000.00, were compensated from his personal resources and not from money out there in his marketing campaign account. Furthermore, his campaign headquarters, which price tag in excess of $2,000.00, was paid out from his individual account and not from resources available in his marketing campaign account. Catala claimed that, to the most effective of his memory, his marketing campaign was 100% self-financed all through the whole 2018 campaign and that he did not obtain his 1st contribution right up until November 1, which was deposited on November 5.”