A real estate development consultant pleaded guilty Friday to a federal racketeering charge for his role in a pay-to-play scheme at City Hall allegedly tied to now-suspended Councilman Jose Huizar’s approval of large building projects in downtown Los Angeles.
George Chiang, 41, of Granada Hills pleaded guilty via videoconference to one federal count of conspiring to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) statute, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years behind bars. Because of his cooperation, Chiang is expected to receive a far lighter penalty when he is sentenced on Feb. 22.
Chiang is among four defendants to agree to plead guilty in the continuing federal public corruption probe of City Hall, and was the second to formally enter his plea before a judge.
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