Bellsouth Lobbyist Charged With Campaign Finance Violations

The lobbyist is accused of using the telephone company's money to finance a public opinion poll for a U.S. Senate candidate. His attorney says the lobbyist didn't break any laws.

Eliseo Riera-Gomez is pleading innocent to 10 charges involving an alleged scheme to rig company invoices to pay for the poll. He was arrested Wednesday and released on a signature bond.

His attorney says Riera-Gomez was financing a poll for BellSouth and not the candidate, who was not named in the indictment.

Riera-Gomez is accused of submitting bills for $20,000 worth of polling to BellSouth, without indicating the polls were conducted to benefit the candidate.

Riera-Gomez is charged with six counts of mail fraud, two counts of wire fraud and two counts of causing BellSouth to make a contribution in violation of federal laws.


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