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Real Estate Developer Convicted of Making Over $1 Million in Bribes to Former LA City Councilman – Three family members of former Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar testified against him last month in a trial against development company Shen Zhen New World I, which was accused of bribing Huizar to support its building of an L.A. skyscraper. The $1 million in alleged bribes purportedly included Las Vegas getaways, private jets, lavish hotels, and alcohol, witnesses testified. After less than three hours of deliberations, the jury found Shen Zhen New World I guilty of five counts of bribery and three counts of wire fraud. Another development company was also previously convicted of paying Huizar $500,000 in cash. Despite prosecutors’ accusations that he used his office to secure over $1.5 million in illegal payments from developers seeking city approval for L.A. projects, Huizar maintains that he performed no official acts of significance for developers. Huizar left office in 2020 and has resided abroad since 2018. His trial is scheduled to commence in February 2023.
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