DA may testify in Mexican billionaire’s campaign conspiracy case

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SAN DIEGO – San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis may have to testify in the trial of Mexican businessman accused of illegally funding money in San Diego political campaigns.

Dumanis was subpoenaed this week in the trial of Mexican billionaire Jose Susumo Azano Matsura. She’s among other notable San Diego politicians who may also have to testify.

Azano’s attorney Michael Wynne confirmed he plans to subpoena former Mayor Bob Filner, Rep. Juan Vargas and prominent businessman Doug Manchester. He also added that they could be called to testify as early as August 15.

Azano, a social media consultant and lobbyist, allegedly considered funneling $600,000 into the campaigns and a political party committee supporting federal candidates. Federal law makes it illegal for a foreign national to donate to political campaigns in the United States.

Azano, 48, is additionally charged with being an alien in possession of a firearm. Federal law prohibits possession of a firearms, ammunition or explosives by an alien who is unlawfully in the United States or who has been admitted to the United States under a non-immigrant visa.

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