DOJ investigating Congresswoman Lois Capps’ office
June 9, 2014
The day before one of Congresswoman Lois Capps’ former representatives was sentenced in a fatal DUI accident, DOJ and FBI agents were interviewing sources regarding wrongdoing by Capps’ district director. [PeterLance]
On May 27, Marquest J. Meeks, a Public Integrity trial attorney from Washington and two Santa Maria FBI agents interviewed Teresa Montoya, the former fiancé of Raymond Morua. After interviewing Montoya for about an hour and a half, the three investigators interviewed Morua in the Santa Barbara County Jail in the presence of his attorney Darryl Genis.
Last week, FBI agents continued their investigation and interviewed Morua’s mother Rose Saucedo.
The investigation was prompted by a series of articles by investigative reporter Peter Lance that focused on an alleged attempt by Mollie Culver, the District Director for Capps, to get Morua out of town following the fatal DUI hit-and-run that killed Mallory Dies in December. Culver allegedly forged two separate Department of Veterans Affairs’ forms in a scheme to get Morua out of jail and into a VA-funded treatment facility.
On May 28, Morua plead guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to twenty years to life.
If Culver is convicted of making material misstatements of fact on the VA benefits form, she could face up to five years in prison.