Niagara Falls councilman accused of failing to report previous years’ campaign finances

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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says a Niagara Falls Councilman has been charged with failing to report campaign finances to the New York State Board of Elections.

Charles Walker was charged after an investigation related to finances in 2014 and 2015. He was accused of four counts of knowingly and willfully failing to file statements — a misdemeanor violation of election laws.

“Campaign finance laws exist for a reason – to protect voters and keep our democratic process honest and transparent,” Schneiderman said. “Today’s charges send the message that elected officials will be held accountable if they fail to obey the very laws they are sworn to uphold.”

Walker could spend up to one year in prison for each count.

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