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'Obama' filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza charged in NY in campaign fraud

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NEW YORK — A conservative scholar and author known recently for his critical works on President Barack Obama has been indicted in New York on charges he violated campaign finance laws.

Federal prosecutors announced the charges Thursday against Dinesh D'Souza, who made the anti-Obama documentary "2016: Obama's America." They say he'll be arraigned Friday on charges he directed $20,000 in illegal contributions to be made in the New York Senate race in 2012.

Prosecutors say the San Diego resident was charged with causing the illegal campaign contributions to be made and causing false statements to be made in connection with them. They say the criminal case resulted from a routine review by the FBI of campaign filings by various candidates after the Senate race.

A defense attorney says D'Souza didn't act with any corrupt or criminal intent.

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