Vandalism allegations trouble Riverside DA's race

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Updated: 5/21/2014 1:58 pm

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Police are asking the California Attorney General to file six charges against Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach after investigating allegations that the chief prosecutor tampered with his opponent's campaign sign.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported Wednesday that the Indio Police Department sent a letter Tuesday to the state requesting charges of petty theft, vandalism, trespassing, embezzlement and theft of public funds.

Zellerbach is accused of knocking over a campaign sign belonging to opponent Mike Hestrin in the heated contest, and is accused of using a county-issued vehicle to conduct his campaign activity.

Part of the April 23 incident was caught on video.

Zellerbach told the newspaper he did not commit a crime and questioned the timing of the announcement two weeks before the June 3 election.

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