Coffman returns money from accused racketeer

6:32 PM, Nov 21, 2012   |    comments
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Earlier this week, Hani Sawaged pleaded guilty to violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act. When sentenced in January, the owner of Daveco Liquors faces a court-ordered restitution of $1.3 million and an undetermined period of probation.

Last year, after gaining a grand jury indictment, prosecutors publicly alleged Sawaged and his two brothers deliberately underreported and underpaid more than a million dollars in sales tax to the city of Thornton between at least January 2007 and August 2008. Prosecutors said the three secretly logged fictitious merchandise returns and took $5.4 million in cash from Daveco Liquors, the family's business.

Shortly after the indictment was made public last year, 9News informed Congressman Mike Coffman's office that Coffman had been the beneficiary of at least $2250 of the Sawaged family's money and that most of it had been sent to his campaign during the time under the indictment's scrutiny. 9News was told at the time that if and when there was a conviction, Coffman's office would return any and all contributions from Hani, Ghassan and Bassam Sawaged.

A representative of Coffman's office informed 9News on Wednesday that Coffman would now be returning the $2250 in question. It remains uncertain as to how that money would be returned.

Federal Election Commission records indicate Hani Sawaged contributed nearly $15,000 to Republican candidates and causes between 2002 and 2011. Those records show that Sawaged contributed to the Congressional races of Pete Coors, Bob Beauprez, and Marilyn Musgrave among others.

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