United States: Porter Ranch lobbyist pleads guilty in LA City Hall bribery scheme

A longtime lobbyist and former Los Angeles City Hall official pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal charge of conspiring with now-suspended Councilman Jose Huizar in a bribery scheme.

Morrie Goldman entered his guilty plea to a felony count of conspiring to commit bribery and honest services mail fraud in the government’s ongoing investigation of corruption at City Hall. Goldman faces up to five years in federal prison, with sentencing scheduled for Dec. 14, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Goldman, 57, of Porter Ranch, was a lobbyist for a company which had a pending development project in the city’s Arts District. He was one of several people who established two political action committees, one of which purportedly supported a variety of causes but actually was created to primarily benefit the City Council campaign of a relative of Huizar’s who was planning to run for his council seat, according to federal prosecutors.

The original full article can be found at dailynews.com

(Photo: David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News / SCNG)

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