Former Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander pleaded not guilty Monday on federal corruption charges alleging he lied to federal investigators during a probe of alleged pay-to-play City Hall corruption.
Englander, 49, of Santa Monica, pleaded not guilty and was granted a $50,000 bond at his initial appearance in Los Angeles federal court following his surrender to federal authorities on allegations he accepted thousands of dollars in cash, a female escort, trips to Las Vegas and Palm Springs and expensive hotel rooms from an unnamed businessman, and then tried to cover it up, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported Monday.
The charges were in connection with an ongoing FBI investigation into possible “pay to play” bribery schemes involving L.A. city officials and major real estate developers.
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