On Tuesday in the latest criminal case to upend the scandal-plagued governing board of the nation’s second-largest city, the Prosecutors indicted a Los Angeles city councilman with 10 counts, including embezzlement and perjury.
Los Angeles City Councilman Charged With Multiple Charges
According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office that Curren Price Jr. a Los Angeles city councilman was facing multiple charges of five counts of embezzlement of government funds, three counts of perjury, and two counts of conflict of interests.
AP News reported that Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement that the councilman was indicted for bearing a financial interest in projects that he voted on as a council member and retaining the city pay nearly $34,000 in medical benefits for his current wife while he was still married to another woman.
Price’s Wife Allegedly Received Payments
Price’s wife allegedly accepted payments between 2019 and 2021, totaling more than $150,000 from developers before Price voted to approve projects, according to Gascón’s statement. He also is accused of lacking to list the funds his wife obtained on government disclosure forms.
Price called the charges “unwarranted.”
Furthermore, a criminal complaint said a consulting firm operated by Curren Price Jr.’s wife obtained a series of payments from companies incorporated or co-owned by Thomas Safran & Associates, GTM Holdings/Works, and GTM Holdings prior the councilman voted to authorize budget for the company’s projects.
David Willingham Price’s attorney, refused to comment, stating that he had not seen a copy of the criminal complaint of his client.
Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times was the first who reported Curren Price Jr. charges.