Political Corruption in Los Angeles City Hall
Unfortunately, what looks like a movie scene: bribery, extortion, money laundering, 40,000 dollars in a paper bag, is happening in the Los Angeles City Hall. For the past two years, FBI agents have been investigating a political fundraiser who was believed to be aiding real estate developers in bribing a Los Angeles City Council Member to advance a sizable development project.
Justin Jangwoo Kim, aiding in the fundraiser, admitted to the bribery being true, and has decided to cooperate with the ongoing investigation.
All of this began when a residential developer, wanting to build in a council member’s district, was challenged by a labor organization due to the residential development infringing on state environmental law. The labor group, therefore, filed an appeal and this is when Kim was asked by one of the project’s developers to ask the council member to put an end to the appeal.
“Kim, in turn, reached out to someone on the council member’s staff, who is referred to as ‘City Staffer A-1’ in court records.”
At the council member’s direction, the staffer told Kim over lunch in early September 2016 that the council member would not provide his help for free and that he “would require a financial benefit,” the filings said.
People are presuming that Kim will plead guilty in court on March 31st. We will have to wait to see how this investigation continues.