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'I have, in fact, done the crime': Rep. Ami Bera's father admits illegal campaign contributions

'I have, in fact, done the crime': Rep. Ami Bera's father admits illegal campaign contributions

The father of a Sacramento-area congressman pleaded guilty Tuesday to illegally funneling more than a quarter of a million dollars to his son's campaigns in 2010 and 2012.

Babual Bera, father of Rep. Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove), entered the plea during a brief appearance in federal court in Sacramento. He will be sentenced in August, and federal prosecutors are recommending up to 30 months in prison.

In court documents, prosecutors said the 83-year-old retired engineer and his wife asked "relatives, friends and acquaintances to make the maximum allowable federal campaign contributions" in 2009 and again in 2011. Bera ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2010, and later...

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