Marco Polo Cortes, 44, is accused of working with two other men who were already charged with directing tainted money to
The complaint doesn't name the Mexican businessman, saying only that he owns homes in
Cortes' court-appointed attorney Charles Guthrie declined to comment.
The scandal erupted Tuesday when a federal complaint was unsealed against Ravneet Singh, 41, and his Washington-based campaign services firm, ElectionMall Inc., and Ernesto Encinas, 57, described as a retired
Singh's attorney, Jason Ohta, on Wednesday promised a vigorous defense against "unfounded charges."
Singh "has been providing political candidates with cutting edge technology tools for the last 14 years. It is a shame that people who are not involved with elections, or familiar with campaign financing laws would take advantage of the reputation that it has taken him so long to build," Ohta said.
Encinas, who was not in custody, retired from the San Diego Police Department in 2009 as a detective in the vice unit after 31 years with the same employer, said Lt. Kevin Mayer, a department spokesman.
Encinas allegedly demanded that Police Chief William Lansdowne be fired and replaced with someone of his choosing in exchange for the Mexican businessman's financial support for an unnamed candidate in a November 2013 special election to replace Bob Filner, who resigned amid widespread allegations of sexual harassment.
The complaints do not name four politicians who were alleged targets of the businessman's largesse, identifying three as mayoral candidates and one as candidate for federal office. There is no suggestion in the documents that any of them knew the contributions were illegal.
The campaign of San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, who finished fourth in a June 2012 mayoral primary, "followed the law and did not coordinate" with a PAC that prosecutors tied to the Mexican businessman, said Jennifer Tierney, a campaign spokeswoman.