City Comptroller John Liu’s top fundraiser, Xing Wu (Oliver) Pan pleaded not guilty Saturday to conspiracy and wire fraud charges in Federal District Court in Manhattan.
Pan, who lives in New Jersey, was indicted by a grand jury last week based on a criminal complaint that was filed last November. No new information was announced.
Pan, a real estate developer, is accused of telling an undercover FBI agent that he would use straw donors to filter a $16,000 donation, which is three times over the limit allowed by law. The money was to go to Liu’s 2013 mayoral campaign.
Allegedly, the evidence includes audio and video recordings of Pan and wiretap recordings.
Liu has not been implicated in any wrongdoing and has said he is cooperating with authorities. On Thursday, the comptroller held the office’s first State of the City address.
Following the court proceeding, Pan’s lawyer, Richard Sullivan, said he planned to make a motion to have the case dismissed based on what he called “outrageous conduct by the government in which it conducted the undercover operation which resulted in this indictment.”
Pan’s next court date is in early April.