July 9, 2020
Feds allege “rampant corruption” at LA City Hall
LOS ANGELES – (INT) - Special agents with the FBI arrested City Councilman Jose Huizar Tuesday on suspicion of federal racketeering.

Huizar is alleged to have led a criminal enterprise that used his powerful position at City Hall to solicit and accept lucrative bribes and other financial benefits to enrich himself and his close associates in exchange for Huizar taking official actions favorable to the developers and others who financed and facilitated the bribes.

“This case pulled back the curtain on rampant corruption at City Hall,” said United States Attorney Nick Hanna.

Huizar is charged with conspiring to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and alleges that, as part of the criminal enterprise, he and his associates violated a series of laws, including bribery, honest services fraud, extortion and money laundering.

Huizar was released on $100,000 bail and returns to federal court for arraignment on July 20th.

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