USA v. Huizar

  1. February 21, 2023

    Ex-LA Official's Bribery Trial Kicks Off With Fiery Opening

    Federal prosecutors opened Raymond Chan's fraud and bribery trial on Tuesday by detailing the former Los Angeles deputy mayor's alleged involvement in a yearslong "pay-to-play" real estate scheme, while Chan's attorney delivered an inflammatory opening that drew at least 11 sustained objections and a skeptical admonishment from the judge. 

  2. January 20, 2023

    Ex-LA City Councilman Cops To RICO Conspiracy, Tax Evasion

    Disgraced former Los Angeles City Councilman Jose L. Huizar admitted to one count of tax evasion and a count of racketeering conspiracy Friday morning before a California federal judge and faces a penalty of nine to 13 years in prison, with sentencing set for April 3. 

  3. January 19, 2023

    Ex-LA City Councilor To Plead Guilty To Tax, RICO Crimes

    Former Los Angeles City Councilor Jose L. Huizar agreed Thursday to plead guilty to racketeering and tax evasion stemming from allegations that he accepted over $1 million in bribes arising from the years-long criminal "pay-to-play" operation that ran rampant at City Hall called the "CD-14 Enterprise."

  4. November 14, 2022

    Real Estate Co. Convicted In LA City Hall Corruption Case

    A California federal jury has convicted a real estate company owned by a fugitive Chinese developer of paying a former Los Angeles councilor more than $1 million in bribes and other perks to secure approval to build a 77-story skyscraper downtown, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  5. June 27, 2022

    LA Developer Convicted In City Council Bribery Scheme

    A California federal jury convicted a Los Angeles real estate developer Monday of giving $500,000 in bribes to former city councilor Jose Huizar in exchange for getting a nonprofit's challenge to the development project dropped.

  6. June 24, 2022

    Feds Urge Jury To Convict Developer Of Bribing LA Pol Huizar

    Real estate developer Dae Yong Lee intended to bribe then-Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar for help overcoming challenges to a downtown project, federal prosecutors told a California jury during closing arguments Friday, while Lee's attorney maintained his client sincerely believed the $500,000 went toward a legitimate consulting fee.

  7. June 23, 2022

    Feds Let Flipped Witness Keep Dirty Cash Tax-Free, Jury Told

    An appraiser testifying against a real estate developer on trial for paying bribes to Los Angeles City Council member José Huizar conceded under cross-examination Thursday that after he agreed to assist the FBI and cooperate with prosecutors, the government allowed him to keep $340,000 he obtained facilitating bribes, tax-free.

  8. June 22, 2022

    LA Fundraiser Says He Was Urged To Blame Huizar For Bribes

    A real estate appraiser who allegedly served as a middleman facilitating cash bribes from a real estate developer to former Los Angeles City Council member José Huizar told jurors Wednesday that the developer urged him to place all the blame on Huizar if questioned by law enforcement. 

  9. June 17, 2022

    Ex-LA Official Took Bribes To Save Projects, Ex-Aide Testifies

    A one-time aide to former Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar testified in a real estate developer's bribery trial Friday, explaining to jurors how his former boss intentionally created regulatory leverage against developers, then extracted bribes to swoop in as a "savior" and help move projects forward in his district.

  10. June 15, 2022

    LA Developer Told Informant Ex-Pol 'Played' Them, Jury Hears

    Jurors considering the criminal case against a real estate developer accused of bribing former L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar heard a reenactment of a secretly recorded conversation in which the developer told a middleman cooperating with the FBI that they were "both played" by Huizar.

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