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California businessman arrested for conspiring to secretly fund recall campaign

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May 30, 2010

Thomas Buckley, who survived a recall election in February 2010

LAKE ELSINORE, California: Businessman Michel Knight has been arrested "on suspicion of conspiring to hide his financial involvement" in the unsuccessful effort to recall Thomas Buckley from the Lake Elsinore City Council in California.[1] The election about whether to recall Buckley took place on February 23, 2010.

Knight owns Trevi Entertainment Center, a bowling alley and arcade complex, in Lake Elsinore.

Knight was arrested by Riverside County district attorney's investigators. He is charged with perjury, filing false documents and violating campaign disclosure requirements, as well as conspiracy to commit those particular crimes. If convicted on all six charges, he could be sentenced to as many as five years in prison.

Recall target Buckley believes that Knight "engineered and bankrolled" the recall campaign because Buckley supported revoking a live-entertainment permit at Trevi.

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