Inglewood Mayor Edward Vincent agreed to pay $4,851.69 in civil penalties but admitted no wrongdoing in a settlement reached last week of a lawsuit that accused him of illegally using campaign funds.
The lawsuit, filed in March by the state attorney general's office, was the first prosecution of an elected official under a 1981 state law that says campaign contributions must be used for political or governmental purposes, not personal benefit.
Carl E. Douglas, Vincent's attorney, said the settlement ends a "nightmarish chapter in (Vincent's) political life" caused not by any illegalities but by an unfamiliarity with "the subtleties and nuances of the Election Code."
Personal Expenses Alleged
The suit accused the mayor of spending $4,851.69 in campaign money for personal uses such as truck repairs, clothes and a veterinarian's bill and for trips to Northern California, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City and Washington that were charged to both his campaign fund and the city.