Magdalena Carrasco is calling Xavier Campos to the carpet, publicly demanding that her District 5 city council opponent address whether he had any knowledge of financial wrongdoings at the Mexican American Community Services Agency Youth Center (MACSA), his longtime former employer.
The Santa Clara County District Attorney authorized a raid on the MACSA Youth Center yesterday. MACSA is the subject of an ongoing investigation into how $400,000 of the former charter school’s employees’ pension funds disappeared.
Campos has continued to refuse to directly answer questions about his time at the controversial non-profit. With a little over two weeks left until the election, Carrasco says “We can no longer tolerate Mr. Campos’s claims of ignorance.”
Read Carrasco’s full press release below:
October 15, 2010 (San Jose) - District 5 Candidate Magdalena Carrasco challenges her opponent, former Chief Operating Officer of MACSA, Xavier Campos, to tell the truth about his involvement in the scheme to raid school employee pensions.
Armed investigators from the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office seized evidence from the Mexican American Community Services Agency (MACSA) Youth Center today. “Xavier Campos owes it to district 5 voters to tell the truth about his involvement to defraud teachers and school employees of their pension funds. Not only has this scandal affected the employees, the integrity of MACSA has been forever compromised. This organization that once represented a source of hope is now tainted. An explanation is long overdue, not only to the employees who were robbed, but to the families and children who depended on MACSA’s services and opportunities,” said Carrasco.
”We can no longer tolerate Mr. Campos’s claims of ignorance. As Chief Operating Officer of MACSA, Xavier Campos was clearly in a position to know about the misappropriation of funds from employee retirement accounts.”
I challenge Mr. Campos to stand before the media at a public forum and answer questions about his involvement in the MACSA scandal. Mr. Campos’ refusal to come clean is costing tax-payers tens of thousands of dollars to proceed with the investigation. It is fiscally irresponsible for Campos to allow this to continue. With indictments eminent from the District Attorney’s office, Xavier Campos should remove himself as a candidate to serve on the City Council.”
More information about Magdalena’s run for City Council can be found at her campaign website: http://www.votemagdalena.com