Fundraiser pleads guilty in L.A. City Hall corruption case

Fundraiser pleads guilty in L.A. City Hall corruption case

6/4/2020 2:11:00 AM

Fundraiser pleads guilty in L.A. City Hall corruption case

A political operative pleaded guilty to helping to bribe a city councilmember

Many details included in the court records have identified the council member aswho served on a council committee that handles real estate projects and and whose offices and home were raided by FBI agents in 2018. Huizar has not been charged with a crime in the case.

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Thebribery schemeinvolving Kim began in the summer of 2016, when a labor organization challenged a developer’s plans to build a large residential project in the council member’s district. The challenge threatened to derail the project as it was making its way through the city’s approval process, prosecutors said.

AdvertisementKim, who prosecutors said was a major fundraiser for the council member, admitted to helping to negotiate and carry out a $500,000 payment the developer paid in exchange for help scuttling the labor group’s efforts. The name of the developer has not been made public.

The council member allegedly sought the help of a lobbyist, who successfully convinced the labor group to drop its appeal of the project, according to court records. Court records show Kim kept more than $100,000 of the bribe money for himself, although prosecutors did not specify the amount.

With investigators bearing down on him, the council member allegedly instructed an aide to hold on to part of his share of the bribe money, according to court filings. It is unknown whether the council member ever received any of the money.Kim is one of four people now charged in the case.

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