Ex-Mayor Gets a Year|in FBI Bribery Sting

     LOS ANGELES (CN) – The former mayor of Cudahy was sentenced Monday to a year in federal prison for taking bribes to support the opening of a medical marijuana store in the city.
     David Silva, 62, “sold the integrity and authority of the mayor’s office for his own personal gain,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
     Cudahy, pop. 29,000, is the second-smallest city, by area, in Los Angeles County, after Hawaiian Gardens.
     Two other city employees were accused in the case.
     Angel Perales, 44, who was in charge of code enforcement, was sentenced two weeks ago to probation.
     City Councilman Osvaldo Conde, 51, who took two bribes from an FBI informant, will be sentenced on Feb. 25.
     “According to an affidavit filed in this case: ‘On the afternoon of February 28, 2012, following weeks of bribe solicitations and related discussions, made during recorded meetings and telephone calls, Conde, Silva and Perales met an FBI confidential informant at the El Potrero nightclub in Cudahy, California. The three Cudahy city officials accepted a total of $15,000 cash as bribe payments. Later that evening, Conde met the confidential informant to receive an additional $2,000 cash as a bribe,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

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