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April 18, 2012 | By Abby Sewell and Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
In 2005, former Lynwood Mayor Paul Richards was convicted of funneling about $500,000 in city contracts to a company he secretly controlled. Two years later, five more then-current and former elected officials were charged with siphoning off hundreds of thousands of public dollars to boost their salaries and pay for personal expenses. But the stolen money was nothing compared with what was to come. From 2005 to 2010, the city's annual legal costs soared, averaging $1.5 million, about 5% of the general fund budget, much of it related to the scandals.
November 26, 1991
A former federal drug agent who testified against a colleague accused of heroin trafficking and money laundering was sentenced Monday in Los Angeles to 10 years in prison for his role in the drug ring. John Jackson, 42, of Claremont, who had pleaded guilty, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. Prosecutors described the case as the worst corruption scandal ever to rock the Drug Enforcement Administration.
November 25, 2000 | Associated Press
Canadian police have arrested the central figure in China's biggest corruption scandal, who had been on the run for more than a year, officials said Friday. Lai Changxing and a woman identified as Tsang Mingna were detained in the Vancouver area Thursday night by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on immigration warrants, said Canadian government officials in Vancouver and Beijing.
December 22, 1999
A judge Tuesday postponed the sentencing of former Los Angeles Police Department Officer Rafael Perez--the key figure in the LAPD's unfolding corruption scandal--while authorities seek to corroborate his allegations concerning police crimes and misconduct. Under a plea agreement, Perez is expected to receive a five-year sentence on cocaine theft convictions in exchange for his cooperation.
July 24, 1993 | The Washington Post
Italy's vast corruption scandal claimed another casualty Friday when one of the country's most prominent industrialists shot and killed himself following reports that he had set up a slush fund to pay off politicians. The news that Raul Gardini, former head of the Ferruzzi-Montedison agro-industrial giant, had become the second leading business figure to commit suicide this week stunned a nation already mired in debate about the escalating human toll from judicial investigations.
November 11, 1986 | United Press International
A former Democratic Party strategist pleaded innocent Monday to a bribery charge in the cable television scandal that also led to indictments of John A. Zaccaro, husband of 1984 Democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine A. Ferraro, and of a top state judge. Michael Nussbaum, 39, was indicted by the same grand jury that handed up charges against Zaccaro and Queens Chief Administrative Judge Francis X. Smith.
January 8, 2000
A federal magistrate judge on Friday indicated that he would overturn the 1992 drug conviction of a man who alleges that he was framed by ex-Officer Rafael Perez, the central figure in the LAPD's corruption scandal. Esaw Booker served five years in prison based on the testimony of Perez and two other officers. At a hearing in federal court, Deputy Dist. Atty. Richard Rosenthal did not oppose Booker's petition to throw out the conviction.
May 24, 2000
A Superior Court judge on Tuesday overturned four more cases tainted by alleged police misconduct, including those of two juveniles arrested by officers from the Police Department's Southeast Division. The judge's action brings to at least 79 the number of cases that have been thrown out in the LAPD's unfolding corruption scandal, according to a district attorney's spokeswoman.
July 2, 2003 | From Associated Press
A former mayor of Bridgeport was sentenced to nine years in federal prison Tuesday for collecting more than $500,000 in bribes and kickbacks. Joseph P. Ganim's corrupt actions tarnished his attempts to improve Connecticut's largest city and led to a general cynicism about politics, U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton said in sentencing him. He ordered Ganim, 43, to surrender Sept. 16. Once a rising political star, Ganim often claimed credit for bringing Bridgeport back from bankruptcy.
June 14, 2000
A drug conviction thrown out Tuesday by a court commissioner was the 91st criminal case to be overturned on the basis of information obtained in the investigation into the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart corruption scandal. Superior Court Commissioner Michael G. Price dismissed the conviction of Porfirio Acosta, 41, who was arrested by then-LAPD Officer Rafael Perez in July 1997 on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale.
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