In the small southeastern city of Cuday in Los Angeles County, you wouldn’t expect your local officials to be pleading guilty to bribery and extortion, but that’s exactly what former Mayor David Silva and head of code enforcement, interim city manager and head of parks and recreation, Angel Perales, will be doing. The FBI arrested a third person, Councilman Osvaldo Conde, after a standoff. The three city officials are accused of taking $17,000 in bribes from an FBI informant who expressed interest in opening a medical marijuana dispensary in the Cudahy.
Silva and Perales agreed to admit to the charges and authorities agreed not to pursue other corruption offenses against them.
Further charges may come later as investigations are also ongoing into possible election fraud. A federal grand jury has already subpoenaed 20 boxes of city documents regarding the 2007 and 2009 council elections.