A former member of the House Agriculture Committee faces fraud charges.
The Department of Justice this week released a 28-count indictment against TJ Cox, a Democrat who represented California’s 21st District between 2019-2021. According to the indictment, Cox perpetrated multiple fraud schemes targeting companies he was affiliated with and their clients and vendors.
Cox created unauthorized off-the-books bank accounts and diverted client and company money into those accounts through false representations. From 2013 to 2018, Cox obtained over $1.7 million in diverted client payments and company loans and investments across two different fraud schemes.
According to allegations in the indictment, when Cox was a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2018 election, he perpetrated a scheme to fund and reimburse family members and associates for donations to his campaign.
During his time on the Agriculture Committee, Cox sat on the Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee, along with the Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research Subcommittee.