Jury Convicts Ex-LA Official Chan In City Hall Bribery Scandal

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Jury Convicts Ex-LA Official Chan In City Hall Bribery Scandal

A California federal jury on Wednesday delivered a damning verdict in the City Hall bribery scandal, convicting former Los Angeles deputy mayor Raymond Chan of racketeering conspiracy, honest services wire fraud, and bribery. The case, which unfolded under the shadow of the so-called CD-14 Enterprise, showcased a web of corruption linking public officials with wealthy developers.

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Jury Convicts Ex-LA Official Chan In City Hall Bribery Scandal : Guilty Across the Board

After mere hours of deliberation following Tuesday’s closing arguments, the jury returned with a unanimous decision early Wednesday, finding Chan guilty on multiple counts. These included Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations conspiracy, aiding and abetting honest services wire fraud, bribery, and making false statements to investigators.

The jury’s determination pointed to a calculated effort to defraud the city of Los Angeles of the honest services of former District 14 city councilman Jose Huizar. Testimony revealed Huizar’s acceptance of bribes in exchange for leveraging his official capacity to support lucrative redevelopment projects for companies Shen Zhen New World and Shenzhen Hazens.

Jury Convicts Ex-LA Official Chan In City Hall Bribery Scandal : False Statements Unraveled

Chan’s guilt extended beyond his involvement in the bribery scheme. He was also found guilty of making false statements to investigators regarding his role in facilitating a $600,000 settlement for a sexual harassment suit against Huizar. These falsehoods underscored Chan’s attempts to conceal his complicity in the illicit activities.

Verdict’s Aftermath

With sentencing slated for June 10, the verdict marks a significant milestone in the years-long investigation into systemic corruption within Los Angeles City Hall. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cassie D. Palmer hailed the decision as a validation of the relentless pursuit of justice.