Jose Huizar, a former member of Los Angeles City Council, has pleaded guilty after protesting for years his innocence.
FBI agents raided Huizar to investigate alleged payments made by developers in 2020.
As Breitbart News reported:
Jose Huizar (D), L.A. City Councilman, was taken into custody Tuesday morning by Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was charged with corruption and allegedly taking hundreds of thousand of dollars in bribes. “criminal enterprise.”
Huizar represent[ed] Downtown Los Angeles. According to the DOJ, he solicited bribes, especially from Chinese developers, in order to speed up the city’s planning process.
The city settled a case of sexual harassment against the city. In 2014, the ex-L.A. City councilman allegedly had a relationship with his deputy chief.
According to Los Angeles Times:
Jose Huizar, an ex-member of Los Angeles City Council, has pleaded guilty for racketeering.
Huizar, in a plea deal filed in Los Angeles federal courts, acknowledged that sweeping corruption accusations that he has long denied were true. He said that he was aware of the facts. “pleading guilty because I am guilty of the charges.”
Huizar’s unexpected capitulation caps a brutal downfall for a man who was born into poverty on a Mexican ranch, grew up in Boyle Heights, and went on to earn a master’s at Princeton and a law degree at UCLA before serving 15 years on the L.A. City Council.
A U.S. attorney’s office spokesman in Los Angeles declined to comment on the case.
Council President Paul Krekorian, in a statement, described Huizar’s offenses as “an indefensible betrayal of the public trust.”
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“We should all be relieved to see that justice will now be done,” He made the statement in a statement.
The plea agreement stipulated that prosecutors would not request more than 13 years imprisonment. Huizar, however, promised to not ask for less than nine. The U.S. District Judge John F. Walter sentencing hearing has not been set.
Huizar was honored as a civic leader of L.A., and for his career accomplishments with a plaque in Mexico.
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