Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti did not cut back on the alleged corruption scheme. Los Angeles City Council member Mark Ridley Thomas has been indicted on Wednesday.
Former USC Dean and Ridley Thomas, then serving on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, are accused of exchanging county contracts for the benefit of a relative of Ridley Thomas, who allegedly As a son.
On Thursday, Garcٹیa called for accountability if Ridley Thomas was convicted.
“Although I have seen what Mr. Ridley Thomas has done that is unusual in the community, if serious, he has no place in the local service. He must be willing to pay the price. Garcetti said.
Ridley Thomas is not the first member of the LA City Council to face criminal investigation.
Former councilor Mitch Englander. Sentenced to 14 months in prison for corruption, And former City Councilman Jose Hoiser is also facing federal charges.
Like many of his constituencies, Garcٹیa said his confidence is shaken whenever that happens.
“It makes me sick to my stomach, and I hope it has immediate consequences, and it sets the example that you will be caught. If you betray the trust of the people, you will be caught.” “If you take people’s money and use it in a way you don’t know it will have consequences.” So I’m not the mayor today. Am
Garcٹیa was not the only public official to comment on Ridley Thomas’ indictment.
In a statement, Supervisor Katherine Berger, a former Ridley Thomas colleague on the Board of Supervisors, noted that she was “innocent until found guilty.”
“If these allegations are true, I would be very disappointed,” he said.
City Council President Nouri Martinez added in a statement that she was “disappointed” by the news of the allegations.
“While the alleged crimes occurred while Mr. Ridley Thomas was on the board of supervisors, these allegations are serious and the council will need to take appropriate action,” Martinez said.
Ridley-Thomas and Marilyn Louis Flynn, a former professor and dean of the USC School of Social Work, face multiple charges of conspiracy and bribery, as well as mail and wire fraud.
According to a release issued by federal prosecutors, each conspiracy count carries a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison, while each bribe count carries a maximum of 10 years in federal prison. Each fraud charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.