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Fmr. Hawthorne politician guilty of corruption

Louis Velez pleaded guilty to charges
March 1, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
A former Hawthorne city councilman has pleaded guilty to political corruption. Louis Velez entered the plea Friday to a felony conflict-of-interest charge as his trial was about to start.

Under a plea deal, he avoids a possible three-year prison term but must pay $1,000 in fines and can never again run for public office in California.

Velez was elected to the Hawthorne council in 2003 and did not seek re-election last November.

He was accused of voting to approve a project for a developer whose wife owned a home he was renting.

His attorney said the councilman had "no criminal intent."


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