Local News

 

Former Mayor Of Rosemead Pleads Guilty To Attempted Witness Tampering

Former Mayor Of Rosemead Pleads Guilty To Attempted Witness Tampering

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A former mayor of Rosemead, who last year withdrew  his guilty plea to a charge of accepting bribes while he was on the City  Council, pleaded guilty today to federal charges of attempted witness tampering  and lying to the FBI.

John Tran, 38,  faces up to 25 years in federal prison when he is  sentenced in April.

Tran was charged in an updated indictment in May with bribery concerning  programs receiving federal funds, extortion, attempted witness tampering and  making false statements to a government agency.

Tran's attorney, Michael Zweiback, successfully argued last December  before U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer that key background information  about the chief witness in the case was not disclosed to the defense prior to  Tran's plea, which the judge allowed Tran to withdraw.

According to prosecutors, a property developer made a series of payments  to Tran, who first approached the developer at Rosemead City Hall. Between  2005 and 2007, the developer made cash payments totaling $38,000 in exchange  for Tran's promise to help obtain permits for a development project, court  documents state.

After the payments were made, Tran was voted out of office, the city  never approved the project, and Tran never returned any of the cash, according  to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Tran admitted in his plea agreement to instructing the developer to give  false testimony to a federal grand jury and to lying to the FBI when he told  investigators that he never accepted money from the developer other than  campaign contributions of no more than $2,000.

Tran was elected to the Rosemead City Council in 2005 and was mayor of  the San Gabriel Valley city from 2007 to 2009. He is also a former El Monte  Union High School District board member and onetime Assembly candidate.

 

More Articles