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Ex-councilman gets probation

February 12, 2009|Alicia Lozano

Former Bell Gardens Councilman Mario Beltran, 31, was sentenced Wednesday to four years' probation after pleading guilty to four misdemeanor charges, including failing to file campaign disclosure forms and failing to deposit cash contributions, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

As part of a plea agreement, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge George G. Lomeli dismissed seven counts of grand theft, one count of perjury and one count of failing to deposit cash.

A condition of Beltran's probation is that he never seek or hold elected or appointed office again.

He resigned from the Bell Gardens City Council on Monday.

The former councilman was previously convicted in 2007 by a Downey jury of a misdemeanor charge for filing a false police report.

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-- Alicia Lozano

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday, February 14, 2009 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 55 words Type of Material: Correction
Bell Gardens councilman: An article in Thursday's California section about the sentencing of former Bell Gardens City Councilman Mario Beltran for four misdemeanors said he was prohibited from ever seeking or holding elected or appointed office again. He was prohibited only from assuming office during a four-year probationary period as negotiated in a plea agreement.

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