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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Former Congressional Candidate Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements to Federal Agents

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Karen Mathews Davis, 68, of Lodi, pleaded guilty today to making false statements to federal agents during the course of a criminal investigation into the mailing of threatening letters, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, between December 23, 2013, and February 12, 2015, Davis falsely claimed to federal law enforcement agents that she had received two letters in the mail from unknown individuals threatening her with death. At the time she received the letters, she was running for a U.S. Congressional seat. Davis provided information to federal law enforcement agents about three individuals who she suggested could have mailed the two threatening letters. In actuality, Davis wrote both letters, placing the first in her own mailbox and mailing herself the second.

This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Heiko P. Coppola is prosecuting the case.

Davis is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley on September 28, 2017. Davis faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

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Updated June 1, 2017