A former Democratic congressman from California has been charged in connection with business scams that netted his companies over three-million dollars. T.J. Cox, who lost his re-election bid in 2020, is also accused of fraudulently diverting campaign funds to close friends and family members.
Terrance John “T.J.” Cox, 59, of Fresno has been charged in a 28-count indictment that accuses him of skimming more than $1.7 million from an almond-processing company he co-owned and fraudulently obtaining a $1.5 development loan, according to the Sacramento US Attorney’s Office.
Cox is also accused of setting up friends and family members to profit from contributions to his 2018 campaign. Some of the former congressman’s associates made upwards of $25,000 as a result of the scheme. Cox allegedly provided the money up front or reimbursed the “straw” donors afterward, the New York Post reported.