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October 31, 2014

Louisiana Businessman Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements to FEC

Arlen “Benny” Cenac Jr. of Houma, La., and the owner of Cenac Towing, pleaded guilty today to making false statements to the Federal Election Commission in regard to contributions in the name of others given to the campaigns of two U.S. senators.

Cenac used his personal and business accounts to fund the contributions under the names of relatives, friends or business associates. Cenac never obtained permission from those individuals for their names to be used on cashiers checks. His submitting those names to the campaigns caused them to to submit materially false statements to the FEC.

In regards to the same matter, the Federal Election Commission had reached a conciliation agreement with Cenac and his company for using personal and corporate money for the contributions. They agreed to pay a civil penalty of $170,000 in August 2012. The contributions went to the campaigns of Sen. David Vitter, R-La., ($15,000 from Cenac Towing funds) and Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., ($25,300 from Cenac personal funds).

View Department of Justice release.

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