United States: Former head of DWP agrees to plead guilty to bribery charge

The former top executive of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has agreed to plead guilty to a bribery charge in a widening corruption case involving the utility and City Atty. Mike Feuer’s office, prosecutors said Monday.

David H. Wright, 62, of Riverside accepted bribes from a lawyer in exchange for supporting a $30-million, no-bid DWP contract, officials said. Wright also admitted in the plea agreement that he participated in several other corrupt schemes while serving as head of the DWP.

Paul Paradis, the attorney whose company received the contract, agreed last week to plead guilty to one count of bribery in a scheme that involved him receiving a $2.2-million kickback from another attorney. Paradis was “covertly cooperating” with the FBI by late March 2019, prosecutors said Monday.

This article was originally posted on latimes.com

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