February 21, 2024
Andrea and Jesus Cardenas. Pictures from Fb and LinkedIn pages

Two well-known Democratic political gamers and siblings in South Bay — a Chula Vista Metropolis Council member and a former San Diego Metropolis Council member’s chief of employees — are going through fraud, conspiracy, and cash laundering costs, the San Diego District Legal professional’s workplace introduced at the moment.

Andrea Cardenas, a Chula Vista Metropolis Council member, and her older brother Jesus Cardenas, a former chief of employees to San Diego Metropolis Councilman Stephen Whitburn, are accused of fraudulently acquiring a Paycheck Safety Program mortgage for his or her Grassroots Assets, a neighborhood authorities and political consulting agency.

The investigation was carried out by the DA’s Public Integrity Unit with help from the Division of Homeland Safety — Workplace of Inspector Normal, Covid Fraud Unit.

In accordance with charging paperwork, Jesus Cardenas misrepresented the corporate to obtain PPP loans by stating that he had 34 staff and that Grassroots Assets was not a political consulting firm. 

He then used the loans for private bills, in accordance with the DA.  

Andrea Cardenas labored with Jesus Cardenas on the purportedly fraudulent loans by substituting details about Grassroots Assets requested by the lender with that of Harbor Collective, a marijuana dispensary. 

In accordance with La Prensa, Cardenas disclosed her revenue from Grassroots Assets as an worker “wage” of between $10,001 and $100,000, along with her wage of greater than $60,000 from Chula Vista for her work on the council.

Nevertheless, when Grassroots Assets was looking for a consulting contract with a neighborhood public water company in November 2021, Andrea Cardenas responded to a request for proof of the corporate’s employees’ compensation insurance coverage by saying Grassroots Assets had “no staff.”

They’re going through conspiracy, cash laundering, grand theft, and tax fraud costs, amongst others. Their arraignment is scheduled for November 9 2023 at 1:30 PM on the San Diego Superior Courtroom constructing downtown.

If convicted, Andrea Cardenas faces as much as 5 years, eight months in jail; Jesus Cardenas may obtain a sentence of as much as 4 years, 4 months.