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Convicted felon Kesari resigns from Hamilton Town Council

Republican Dimitri Kesari has resigned from Hamilton Town Council following his conviction for violating federal election laws.

The GOP political operative, through numerous trials over the past two years, was found guilty of conspiracy, causing false records and false statements. Two of his colleagues on the Ron Paul 2012 presidential campaign were also found guilty in the scheme that involved payments to an Iowa state senator for that senator, Kent Sorenson, to switch his endorsement from then-candidate Michelle Bachmann to Paul shortly before the Iowa caucuses in 2012.

Kesari's two colleagues avoided jail time.

Judge John Jarvey in Iowa found Kesari played more of an active role in arranging and concealing $73,000 in payments to a video production company that were passed on to Sorenson.

Kesari was sentenced to three months in prison in September. It wasn't immediately clear when he is scheduled to report.

Applications are being sought for Hamilton residents interested in filling out the remainder of Kesari’s term, which ends June 30, 2018. Kesari was first elected to the town of 500 people's governing body in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.


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