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Federal Probe into Maziarz Campaign Funds Continues



(WBEN) -- A probe by federal prosecutors into state Senator George Maziarz's use of campaign funds continues.

Now a candidate looking to succeed him says she want the more than $1 million remaining funds frozen.

Orleans County resident Gia Arnold -- who is running in the Republican primary for the position -- says any account activity should have to be approved by the U.S. Attorney's Office. Arnold will face North Tonawanda Mayor Robert Ortt for the Republican nomination for the district that includes Niagara and Orleans Counties.

The Albany Times-Union reports the federal investigation is reviewing "dozens" of payments to the family of Maziarz's longtime reelection committee treasurer, Laureen Jacobs, as well as tens of thousands of dollars in itemized checks made out to cash that were never reported.

The article said money went to dues for a Broome County youth softball team for which Jacobs'  daughter played. The report cited Jacobs' Buffalo attorney, Terrence Connors, who said she "did nothing wrong" and will produce docments if asked.

The Times-Union also reported that thousands of dollars from Maziarz's campaign account went to a former Jacobs' employer -- Southern Living at Home. According to the paper, Maziarz's committee failed to report more than $325,000 in expenditures from 2008 to January 2014.

The 62nd district representative announced this week he will not be seeking reelection, instead deciding to retire.

Former chief of staff, Alisa Colatarci, has been subpoenaed to testify for a grand jury.
 

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