(RepublicanPress.org) – In September 2020, the Department of Justice announced federal charges against former military contractor Martin Kao for allegations that he “fraudulently obtained more than $12.8 million in Paycheck Protection Program” loans. Now, less than a year later, he is once again under federal investigation. This time, law enforcement believes he illegally donated to the 2020 reelection campaign of Senator Susan Collins (R-ME).
On May 18, Axios reported that a recently unsealed FBI search warrant application revealed authorities are investigating whether Kao and his wife illegally channeled about $150,000 into a super PAC to donate to Collins’ campaign. Law enforcement is also reportedly looking into whether he reimbursed family members for their campaign contributions.
A judge approved an FBI warrant application to search a hard-drive containing images of an iPhone belonging to Martin Kao, former CEO of Navatek, based in Hawaii with offices in Maine, Washington, D.C., and other states. https://t.co/Gm2AgXyEAx
— KHON2 News (@KHONnews) May 19, 2021
According to finance laws, a person is not allowed to make a political donation in their name for someone else and then get reimbursed for that donation. Also, government contractors are barred from donating to federal political committees.
There is no indication Sen. Collins or her staff knew about the $150,000 donation. The FBI has not commented on the investigation.
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