United States: Englander sentenced to 14 months in prison in L.A. City Hall corruption case

Former Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander was sentenced Monday to 14 months in prison for lying to federal authorities about his dealings with a businessman who provided him $15,000 in secret cash payments and a debauched night in Las Vegas.

U.S. District Judge John F. Walter said arrogance and greed drove Englander to “brazenly” cover up his misconduct for more than a year. He rejected Englander’s explanation that he’d simply been trying to protect his reputation, saying the former councilman tampered with a witness and obstructed a federal investigation.

“There’s simply no adequate explanation as to how he totally lost his moral compass and committed this crime,” Walter said at a hearing on Zoom. He imposed a $15,000 fine — the amount contained in the envelopes Englander accepted in casino restrooms.

The original full article can be found at latimes.com

(Photo: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

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