Ex-Santa Clara Supe Gets Community Service for Campaign Mail Fraud

Former Santa Clara County Supervisor George Shirakawa was sentenced to community service Friday for his role in the distribution of a phony campaign flyer back in 2010.

The flyers, which were sent primarily to Vietnamese Americans just before the 2010 primary, depicted San Jose Council Member Magdalena Carrasco as a communist sympathizer. Carrasco lost the election to Shirakawa’s friend Xavier Campos, though she would later beat him in a bid for his re-election.

Shriakawa’s role in the fraud was exposed through a test of his DNA. In 2013, the former official was also arrested and sentenced on charges of stealing public funds to support a gambling habit.

Neither the D.A. nor Carrasco were pleased with the judge’s decision to order 360 hours of community service rather than jail time. The D.A. also maintains that Shirakawa did not act alone. The office further described the hearing and some of the judge’s comments as “strange,” saying it would attempt to clarify some of them in the coming weeks.

Read more about Friday’s sentencing here.