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Grand Jury Indicts Former California Politician

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Updated: 10/29/2013 1:39 pm

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say a former California politician has been indicted by a grand jury on charges that he impersonated a candidate on bogus fliers linking her to the communist government in Vietnam.

Former Santa Clara County Supervisor George Shirakawa was indicted Thursday on felony false personation for allegedly pretending to be San Jose City Council candidate Magdalena Carrasco in May 2010.

He was formally charged on Monday.

Prosecutors say Shirakawa's saliva matched DNA found on a stamp used on the flier sent during the campaign. Carrasco lost a runoff election against former Shirakawa aide Xavier Campos by just 400 votes in November 2010.

Shirawaka was convicted in March in a separate case of using campaign donations and taxpayer funds to fuel what he described as a gambling addiction.

He's scheduled for sentencing in that case next month.

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