Ex-state assemblyman sentenced for stealing campaign funds

Posted at 7:34 AM, Jul 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-15 10:34:59-04

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) — A former state assemblyman has been sentenced to a year in jail for using more than a quarter-million dollars of campaign funds on personal expenses and lying about it while he was elections chief for Contra Costa County.

County prosecutors announced Tuesday that 66-year-old Joe Canciamilla pleaded guilty to nine counts of grand theft and perjury. He was charged with stealing $261,800 in campaign funds to pay for a vacation to Asia, restaurant meals, a personal loan and other expenditures.

Canciamilla resigned as Contra Costa elections chief in October 2019. Before that, he had served three terms in the state Assembly.