Roll Call is reporting the Federal Election Commission has fined Pennsylvania lawyer John Karoly, Jr. $150,000 for illegally reimbursing campaign contributions made by friends and relatives. Karoly reportedly reimbursed contributions made to the Gephardt presidential campaign in 2004. It is not known if any complaints have been filed with the Pennsylvania Bar concerning the alleged illegal conduct.
This is not Karoly’s first brush with the law. He was indicted for fraud in September of 2008. Karoly, his son John P. Karoly, III and John Shane, an expert witness Karoly has used in the past, were indicted for forging the will of Karoly’s late brother and his wife.
Additional charges were filed by federal prosecutors in March 2009 accusing Karoly of failing to report taxable income and laundering money as charitable proceeds through a church.