The Department of Justice reported that it has been investigating Studsbury's campaign since the end of November, and a recent breakthrough provided enough evidence to indict Studsbury with the crime.
The Universal Corporation, based in the Federation of Legopolis, allegedly gave Studsbury millions of dollars in illegal funds. On September 7, Studsbury received $500,000, and this was followed by an additional $1 million a month later on October 7. Both times, the money was delivered by the Legopolis ship UE Gargantuan, and Studsbury smuggled the money off the ship in disguise as a pizza delivery boy.
Bricksburg residents were surprised and appalled at the news.
"I cannot believe that Stephen Studsbury would attempt to skew the election results in such a dishonest manner. This just shows how desperate he is due to President Bricks's soaring popularity," said Jeanne Le Brun, a violinist in the Bricksburg Symphony Orchestra.
President Bricks declared that Studsbury was "undermining the democratic process."
"I am extremely disappointed that Stephen Studsbury would accept these illegal funds. Doing so is contrary to the Lego Republic's belief in equality and a fair playing field for everyone," said Bricks.
This news comes less than a week before the presidential election on December 20, and the Office of Elections is considering whether to disqualify Studsbury from the race.
The Lego Republic Department of Justice has requested the extradition of the executive responsible for coordinating the illegal contributions. The executive, who will remain unnamed for now due to the sensitivity of the situation, is reportedly at the top of the Universal Corporation's corporate hierarchy. The Lego Republic and Legopolis are currently negotiating terms for the extradition.
Studsbury has paid $2 million bail and has been placed under house arrest until his trial. He is believed to be a flight risk due to his wealth and capability to quickly and easily exit the country.