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May 24, 2013 9:17 AM by AP

La. businessman charged over campaign donations

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Houma businessman accused of funneling campaign contributions to Louisiana's two U.S. senators over the legal limit has been charged with making false statements to the Federal Elections Commission.

The federal charge filed Thursday against Cenac Towing owner Arlen Cenac Jr. is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The 57-year-old Cenac agreed to a $170,000 civil settlement last year with the FEC for funneling thousands of dollars above the legal limit to the campaigns of Sens. Mary Landrieu and David Vitter. Landrieu and Vitter aren't accused of wrongdoing.

Federal prosecutors say Cenac used personal and corporate accounts to purchase cashier's checks and submit campaign donations in the names of other people without their knowledge.

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