In February 2012, the former mayor of Rosemead, John Tran, was indicted on federal charges of soliciting and accepting $10,000 in bribes from a developer, in violation of 18 USC Section 666(a)(1)(B).  After the alleged payments were made, Tran left office and the project was never approved by the city.

Tran pleaded guilty in March 2012.  Later that year, however, District Judge Dale Fischer permitted him to withdraw his guilty plea, on the ground that the defense had subsequently learned that the main witness against him, developer Tammy Gong, had been accused of fraud in other lawsuits.

In March 2013, a federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment that charged Tran with extortion and witness tampering.  Tran allegedly attempted to intimidate and corruptly persuade Gong to lie about the alleged bribes that she paid him.

The case is set for trial on June 25, 2013.  AUSA Joseph Akrotirianakis is prosecuting the case, and Tran is defended by Michael Zweiback.

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