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Former Mayor of Cudahy Sentenced to a Year in Prison for Taking Bribes

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LOS ANGELES - The former mayor of the City of Cudahy was sentenced this afternoon to one year in federal prison for taking cash bribes in exchange for supporting the opening of a "medical marijuana" store in the city, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.


David Silva, 62, the then-mayor of Cudahy and an elected member of the city council, was sentenced to a year in federal prison by Judge Manuel Real.


"Mr. Silva sold the integrity and authority of the mayor's office for his own personal gain," United States Attorney André Birotte Jr. stated in a press release. "Elected officials are expected to obey the law. When they don't, those officials should expect to go to prison."

 

Bill Lewis, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI's Los Angeles Office, stated: "Today's sentencing serves as evidence that corrupt practices by public officials who use their power to get rich quick and abuse the trust of their constituents will not be tolerated. The FBI will continue to investigate alleged corrupt offenders and work toward restoring reliable services to the citizens they're expected to serve."

 

Angel Perales, 44, who ran the Code Enforcement Division of the Cudahy Community Services Department and who was involved in the bribery scheme, was sentenced by Judge Real two weeks ago to probation.

 

A third person who took bribes from an FBI informant - Osvaldo Conde, 51, who was a member of the Cudahy City Council, and who accepted two separate bribe payments - is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

 

On February 2012, following weeks of bribe solicitations and related discussions, made during recorded meetings and telephone calls, Conde, Silva and Perales met an FBI confidential informant at the El Potrero nightclub in Cudahy.

 

The three Cudahy city officials accepted a total of $15,000 cash as bribe payments. Later that evening, Conde met the confidential informant to receive an additional $2,000 cash as a bribe."


Prior to a meeting with Conde and Silva at a Pico Rivera restaurant, Perales instructed the informant how he should broach the topic of paying the bribes, and later instructed the informant on how to present the bribes, specifying that the payments should be in cash only, according to the court affidavit.

 

Former Santa Fe Springs Official Sentenced To Prison for Bribery

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LOS ANGELES - A judge today sentenced  a man who was a member of the Santa Fe Springs City Council to two years in federal prison for taking $10,000 in bribes from the operator of a marijuana store, according to U.S. Attorney's Office.

The operator wanted to influence the city to allow his store to stay open, according to federal authorities.

Federal judge Stephen V. Wilson ordered the former councilman Joseph Serrano Sr., 62, who served as the mayor of Santa Fe Springs from 2010 to October 2011, to pay $10,000 as restitution.

Wilson rejected a plea from Serrano's lawyer for probation, federal officials stated.

"This was pure greed. The defendant sold himself," Wilson said in a press release, adding the crime was "a serious offense that attacks the integrity of government."

On July 30, Serrano pleaded guilty to one felony count of bribery, according to federal prosecutors. 

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