Marcelo Co

Marcelo Co, 64, was sentenced Monday to 60 months in federal prison. (Riverside County Sheriff’s Department)

By Paloma Esquivel
June 1, 2015

Former Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co was sentenced Monday to 60 months in federal prison for accepting a $2.36-million cash bribe from an undercover agent.

Co, 64, pleaded guilty last year to bribery and filing a false corporate tax return. He was caught on video in January 2013 taking stacks of bills in what prosecutors believe is the largest bribe ever accepted by a public official in a sting operation.

In April 2013, when Co was still a council member, federal agents searched his home along with those of four other Moreno Valley council members, and the offices of a local developer as part of a broad public corruption investigation.

On Monday, representatives for the Riverside County district attorney and U.S. attorney said that investigation had closed. No charges were filed against the other search targets.

“The Moreno Valley corruption investigation has concluded, although we will revisit the matter if new information develops,” said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles.

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