Florida man admits helping foreigner give to Obama committee

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Posted: Jul 25, 2016 4:58 PM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Florida man has admitted arranging an $80,000 campaign contribution from a foreign source to a joint fundraising committee of President Barack Obama.

William Argeros pleaded guilty Monday to making foreign contributions in connection to the 2012 election and lying to a grand jury.

The 57-year-old Tampa resident admitted facilitating the transfer to a New Jersey man, who in turn provided it to the committee.

Foreign nationals are prohibited from making contributions to federal candidates.

The U.S. attorney's office says the unnamed foreigner behind the contribution sought to attend an October 2012 campaign event in San Francisco.

This month, Albania's main Democratic opposition party accused Prime Minister Edi Rama of being the source of the contribution. Rama's office has denied that.

Prosecutors say the fundraising committee isn't accused of wrongdoing and cooperated with investigators.