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Legal Complaint Filed Over Chau Campaign Mailer

Matthew Lin's wife has filed suit, claiming Ed Chau's campaign violated her privacy by distributing flyers displaying her social security number, among other personal information.

Updated at 5:30 p.m. on 10/29 with a quote from Lin spokeswoman Miryam Mora.

The wife of 49th Assembly District candidate Dr. Matthew Lin has filed a legal complaint against Ed Chau's campaign for distributing campaign mailers displaying her full name, home address and social security number.

The four mailers released Oct. 18 featured copies of out-of-date tax liens alongside claims Joy and Matthew Lin neglected to pay county and state taxes. The mailers also had aerial photos of the couple's home, describing it as a "San Marino mansion with tennis courts and a pool."

According to the 9-page complaint filed Friday with the Los Angeles Superior Court, one of the tax liens featured on the flyer displayed only Joy Lin's name and social security number, with "nothing on the face of that document showing any connection Dr. (Matthew) Lin."

Also, the liens in questions were erroneous and had been released several years ago. 

"Ed Chau distorted the facts," Lin campaign spokeswoman Miryam Mora said."In fact, the government sent Mrs. Lin a notice saying they erroneously filed a lien against her. Ed Chau knew this."

By distributing the flyers, the Chau campaign had "invaded  (Joy Lin's) right to privacy as to her personal and financial affairs and as to her social security number," the complaint read. Furthermore, "These flyers and their contents placed (Joy Lin) in a false light in the eyes of the public which is objectionable to a reasonable person."

The Chau campaign reportedly ignored repeated requests from Lin's legal team to stop disseminating the flyers.

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"I personally knew that when I decided to run for office, it would be difficult on our family and that there would be misleading information about me, but never did I foresee having my opponent, attack my wife personally and potentially subject her to identify theft and credit fraud,” Matthew Lin said a media statement.  “My name is on the ballot and I am the one running for office, not my wife, the actions taken by Ed Chau seem low, even for a trial lawyer.”

Despite multiple attempts, Chau's campaign could not be reached for comment.

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Concerned October 29, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Wow I didn't even know you were allowed to do that to a person. If this is in fact true, don't people in politics realize the importance of identity theft. Heck! Glendora Chamber use to help with workshops on Identity Theft. :(
Betty Saleh October 29, 2012 at 11:14 PM
At this point, I wish there was another option between these two characters. They are both beyond negative and manipulative. I wouldn't vote for either of them.
Natalie Ragus (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Concerned: Apparently, according to the Lin campaign, the couple has been a victim of identity theft because of this. I'm working on gathering more info. Just wanted to get the initial story up.
Linda Fuentes November 01, 2012 at 01:34 AM
I read an article on the school districts in the San Gabriel Valley and my City Montebello's Schools scored dead last. It also happens to be the School District represented by none other than Ed Chau. After reading what low and unehtical tatics he's pulling I would never consider voting for him. He did not do a good job for the students of Montebell, he surely won't do a good job in Sacramento. I am a life long Democrate but in this case I feel backing Matthew Lin is a far better choice as an American.

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