Cudahy

In June 2012 three Cudahy officials were charged with accepting bribes.  They had been targeted in an FBI sting operation in which an informant offered bribes in exchange for approval to open a marijuana dispensary.

Mayor Angel Perales and Council members David Silva and Osvaldo Conde were charged with taking and sharing $17,000 in bribes, in violation of 18 USC § 666(a)(1)(B).  According to the plea agreements filed in the case, the scope of corruption was much broader, involving election fraud (discarding absentee ballots case in favor of challengers), and numerous bribes paid for favors, votes, permit approvals, and other official action.

Perales cooperated with investigators and received a term of five years probation.  In early 2013, Silva was sentenced to a year in prison and Conde to three years.

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