The former mayor of Cudahy, David Silva, along with a former acting city manager, Angel Perales, agreed today to plead guilty to federal extortion and bribery charges after they took money to smooth the way for a would-be marijuana dispensary operator who wanted to open up a store in town.
The two admitted to taking $5,000 from the marijuana businessman, according to a statement today from the U.S. Attorney's Office in L.A. Silva also said he took bribes from several others, including a developer with property interests in Cudahy.
The office states:
Silva agreed to accept a $50,000 payment from a developer who wanted to purchase land that the city owned in a deal to discount the price of the property by $800,000.
Perales also admitted to even more than just the pot-shop bribe. He was a "bag man" for the city bribery scheme and engaged in vote fraud during the 2007 and 2009 city elections, when " ... ballots for non-incumbent candidates were discarded."
They could see 30 years and half a million in fines each. But that probably won't happen, seeing how they agreed to a deal, the details of which weren't disclosed.
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The duo will have to pay back the bribe money, the U.S. Attorney's Office says.
Meanwhile, as part of the same scandal, Cudahy Councilman Osvaldo Conde is still facing a bribery charge and apparently had yet to bend to prosecutors' pressure to make a deal.
Feds say he accepted $7,000 from the marijuana business.