Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) today accused his former campaign treasurer, Jack Wu, of embezzling more than $170,000 in campaign funds from the congressman’s campaign committee, according to the Voice of OC.
Rohrabacher has filed criminal complaints against the former treasurer, Jack Wu of Newport Beach, with the Orange County district attorney and state attorney general, according to his attorney, Charles H. Bell Jr., as reported by the L.A. Times.
“I am disappointed and dismayed by this betrayal of trust,” Rohrabacher said in a statement released by Bell.
Rohrabacher’s reelection committee first discovered a problem last month, Bell said, when instead of finding about $185,000 in cash on hand, the campaign account contained only $187, according to the Daily Pilot.
Reportedly Wu has admitted to embezzling the funds but has not yet paid back Rohrabacher. The Congressman has asked the OCDA to press charges, which they are considering. Rohrabacher’s campaign committee is auditing his campaign finance records to see how much Wu may have embezzled in total. He was a voluntary campaign treasurer for Rohrabacher for seven years.
Wu owns WuBell, an accounting firm in Costa Mesa. His resume details a 20-year career in finance and accounting, including a partnership with a certified public accounting firm, but the California Board of Accountancy does not have a record of a current CPA license for him, according to the O.C. Register.
Wu is an appointed member of the City of Newport Beach Finance Committee. He was also a panelist for the Feet to the Fire debate forums last year and he wrote columns for the O.C. Register, the Daily Pilot and the Newport Beach Independent.
Wu ran for Irvine Mayor in 1998, as a Democrat according to Smart Voter. He lost. He ran for a Water Board in 2002 and lost again, according to Smart Voter. At some point he moved to Newport Beach where he ran for the City Council in 2006, and lost yet again, according to Smart Voter. Along the way he apparently morphed into a Republican. You can click here to check out his OC GOP page where he lauds departed OC GOP Chairman Tom Fuentes.