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Felony charge filed against Jay Aiyer

It pains me greatly to see stories like this.

Houston Community College Trustee and one-time City Council candidate Jay Aiyer is facing a charge of tampering with a governmental record, a felony that could cost him his law license, authorities said Monday.

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office accused Aiyer of committing the offense in March 2005, by “unlawfully removing, destroying, and concealing, the original filing” of a portion of his campaign finance report and substituting it with another document.

The charges were filed in the 184th criminal court last Thursday. Aiyer posted a $2,000 bond the following day.

Aiyer, reached Monday, said he could not talk about the charges in detail.

“We will be able to work this thing out in a couple of days,” he said. “I think it’s going to be resolved.”

I consider Jay to be a friend, so I hope the charges against him are proven to be unfounded. We’ll see what happens.

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3 Comments

  1. Michael Hurta says:

    I hope they are unfounded, too. I’ve never met Jay, but I thought of him yesterday actually wondering if he would make another Council run in November…

  2. Charles Hixon says:

    “We will be able to work this thing out in a couple of days,” he said. “I think it’s going to be resolved.”

    Although alot of things could happen in a couple of days, I am having a hard time imagining any options that favor the defendant of a felony charge.

  3. Vernon Guy says:

    Just a semi-outsider perspective, but Aiyer always seemed to be the type who used his connections to take a shortcut to political positioning. This showed when he ran for office, the effort seemed to be lacking, maybe because he never had to work too hard for the positions he held.

    Just my perception.