The mayor of Cudahy, California, and two other city officials were charged with accepting $17,000 in bribes for supporting the opening of a medical marijuana store in the city of 23,800 people southeast of Los Angeles.
After weeks of soliciting and discussing bribes, the three officials met in February with a Federal Bureau of Investigation informant at the El Potrero nightclub in Cudahy, where they accepted a $15,000 cash payment, according to a statement today from the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles. One of the three accepted a separate $2,000 payment, according to the statement.
The three charged are Mayor David Silva, 61, City Council member Osvaldo Conde, 50, and Angel Perales, 43, who runs the city’s code enforcement division and allegedly brokered the bribe payments. Each of them faces as long as 10 years in prison if convicted.
The three are scheduled to make an initial appearance today in federal court in Los Angeles. Their lawyers couldn’t be identified.
Hector Rodriguez, Cudahy’s city manager, didn’t immediately return a call for comment on the allegations.
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