Hamilton Town Council member Dimitri Kesari was sentenced today to serve three months in federal prison.
Kesari was serving as deputy campaign manager for former Rep. Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential bid and was charged with covering up a $73,000 payoff for an endorsement from an Iowa state senator. Two others convicted in the case, Campaign Manager John Tate and Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton, were sentenced to six months of in-home detention and probation. Judges in the Des Moines federal court also fined each defendant $10,000.
The men were convicted of hiding the money given to State Sen. Kent Sorenson as payments to a video production vendor on federal campaign finance disclosure reports.
Kesari’s request to remain free while he appeals two jury convictions in the case was rejected by the district court judge.
Kesari’s term on the Hamilton Town Council runs through June, 2018. He has so far resisted suggestions that he resign the post, citing his ongoing appeals of the conviction.