The Grand Jury indicted former county Supervisor George Shirakawa Jr. on one felony count of false personation Monday. According to the Grand Jury’s report, which by law will not be released for 10 days, Shirakawa allegedly took part in a political mail fraud scheme “on or about and between May 1, 2010, and June 8, 2010.”
According to prosecutors in the District Attorney’s office, Shirakawa’s DNA was found on political mailers that portrayed then-San Jose City Council candidate Magdalena Carrasco as a communist. The mailers targeted the Vietnamese community in East San Jose, and almost certainly hurt her image in the eyes of these voters. Carrasco lost the primary by 20 votes to current District 5 Councilmember Xavier Campos, a close friend and former staffer to Shirakawa, before going on to lose the runoff.
The DA’s office said in a statement that the indictment will supersede the previously filed criminal complaint. Shirakawa’s next court date in the matter will be Dec. 4. He is also scheduled to appear in court for sentencing on Nov. 8 after pleading guilty to five felonies and seven misdemeanors related to his misuse of campaign funds and perjury.
A source with knowledge about the Grand Jury tells San Jose Inside that Carrasco, Campos and his sister, State Assemblymember Nora Campos, were all deposed by the Grand Jury last week. Councilmember Campos’ office declined comment. A spokesperson for Assemblymember Campos referred a request for comment to the DA’s office.