Rosemead’s Former Mayor Sentenced to Prison

John Tran, the ex-mayor of Rosemead, was sentenced this week to 21 months in prison, following his decision in November to plead guilty to lying to the FBI and attempted witness tampering. In 2012 Tran had pleaded guilty to bribery in the same case, but was allowed to withdraw his plea after it emerged that the government’s principal witness (the developer who allegedly paid off Tran) had significant credibility problems that the government failed to disclose to the defense.  His second guilty plea was based on facts that did not hinge on the credibility of the informant developer: two recorded conversations. .

Judge Dale Fischer sentenced Tran to 21 months in prison, the mid-point of the 18-24 month guideline range.  He will report to prison to begin serving his sentence in October.

Tran was Rosemead’s first Asian-American mayor and held that office from 2007-2009.

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