Chatwal Pleads Guilty to Illegal Donation Scheme

ChatwalSant Singh Chatwal, chairman of Hampshire Hotels Management, has pleaded guilty to a scheme to raise illegal campaign contributions for political candidates using straw donors, according to this report from Bloomberg Businessweek.The Indian-American hotelier pleaded guilty April 17 in a federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., to conspiring to violate federal campaign finance laws and to one count of witness tampering. Chatwal used the scheme to raise approximately $180,000 for at least three different candidates from March 2007 to August 2011, prosecutors alleged. Under a plea agreement, he may be sentenced to a little more than five years in prison, the article states. Read more over at