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Former US House candidate sentenced for campaign violations

July 24, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says a former congressional candidate in Rhode Island has been sentenced to three years in prison for fraud and campaign finance violations.

Thirty-year-old Harold Taub, of Cranston, was also sentenced Wednesday to three years of supervised release after his prison term. And he was ordered to pay more than $1.1 million in restitution.

Authorities say Taub pleaded guilty to soliciting donations in 2016 and 2018 to organizations he cast as political committees to help Republican candidates. The latter was purportedly to support candidates in Ohio.

The Justice Department says he never registered the organizations with or made reports to the Federal Election Commission.

Taub is a Republican who ran unsuccessfully against Democratic Rep. David Cicilline (sis-uh-LEE’-nee) in 2016.