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Ex-councilman Co pleads guilty to taking $2.36 million bribe

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Former Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co pleaded guilty Monday, Jan. 13, to accepting a record $2.36 million bribe from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for a promise to rezone land to make its value skyrocket.

The bribe was the largest a public official has ever accepted in a U.S. sting operation, authorities said. Co also promised to deliver City Council votes to the agent and a businessman who was working with the FBI if they would make campaign contributions, according to a federal affidavit. Co, 65, appeared with his attorneys in a federal courtroom in downtown Riverside, where he entered the guilty plea as part of a deal with prosecutors to cooperate in a separate political corruption investigation underway in Moreno Valley.

Full Story, Press Enterprise | By John Asbury | January 13, 2014

>> Co faces up to 13 years in federal prison and a $350,000 fine when he is sentenced, which is scheduled for July 7. He remains free on $100,000 bond.
>>Marcelo Co’s legal problems date to long before his 2010 election to the Moreno Valley City Council.

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Branson Hunter

(This story was posted by Cactus Thorn contributor Branson Hunter)

"The ends do not justify the means." If you use illegal mean to accomplish a legal and even desirable result, the good result does not make the bad means you used justifiable.

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