George Maziarz, federal investigation, campaign funds, U.S. Attorney
One person who has knowledge of the federal investigation of State Senator George Maziarz tells 2 On Your Side's Scott Brown that Maziarz has a serious target on his back.
One of the biggest issues facing Maziarz is some $140,000 in unitemized expenses that Maziarz was reimbursed for from campaign donations.
The question federal prosecutors want to know- did Maziarz take campaign contributions and spend them for personal use?
The U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan has subpoenaed at least three people who worked for Maziarz: his Chief of Staff, his campaign treasurer and his office manager.
The U.S. Attorney's office is looking for documents and receipts to determine what Maziarz was spending campaign money on There's also the possibility that federal prosecutors want to see if they can pressure those who worked for Maziarz to testify against him.
Meanwhile, Maziarz has $943,000 in his campaign account - that money can be used to pay defense lawyers and also be given to other candidates. With that much money in the bank, Maziarz could be a force in local politics for years to come even after he leaves office.
It's no coincidence that Maziarz waited until Sunday night to announce that he wasn't running for re-election. Nominating petitions were due this week, so Maziarz by waiting until the last minute enabled Republican party leaders to choose his successor on the ballot.
And on Tuesday, to no one's surprise North Tonawanda mayor Rob Ortt announced that he will run for Maziarz's seat.