The warrant issued for the Oct. 14 raid on the Mexican American Community Services Agency (MACSA) reveals that investigators believe Xavier Campos had first-hand knowledge of the diversion of employee pension funds at the group’s embattled charter high schools.
MACSA’s Youth Center at 660 Sinclair Dr. in East San Jose was raided by armed investigators earlier this month.
More than 200 bank records, computers and files—including several regarding Campos—were seized in the raid and are currently being reviewed by authorities.
In the 33-page search warrant affidavit, lead investigator Michael Sterner of the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office writes that there was rampant inconsistency and liquidity of the money that moved within MACSA under its former leadership, which included CEO Olivia Soza-Mendiola and CFO Ben Tan.
Campos worked his way up to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) position over two decades at MACSA. He along with Soza-Mendiola and CFO Ben Tan, who have both since left the agency, were responsible for tracking and allocating the non-profit’s funds, according to the document.
Campos, a candidate for the District 5 seat on the San Jose City Council, has consistently refused to comment about his time at the scandal-ridden school other than to insist that he had nothing to do with the organization’s financial dealings.
The warrant details Sterner’s interview with former MACSA trustee Michael Canul, who says attended a meeting in which the organization’s financial problems were discussed.