By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 05/01/15, 10:47 PM PDT |
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Friday announced it will investigate possible criminal activity by David Perez, the former City of Industry mayor who controls entities including the city’s trash hauler, that received millions in payments from the city.
The reopening of an investigation comes after an audit of city finances concluded Industry paid more than $326 million to companies owned by Perez and his family over the past 20 years, much of it for vague or even erroneous invoices that possibly resulted in massive overpayments.
“I can now confirm that we are re-examining the case,” wrote Shiara Davila-Morales, chief of media relations for DA Jackie Lacey in an email.
The DA’s office launched an investigation in 2009 into the relationship between Perez, his companies and the city to determine if there was a conflict of interest. It closed the investigation in 2011 and filed no charges, after it determined Perez abstained from votes related to his business interests and the contracts were in place before he joined the City Council.
The audit was first revealed by this news organization on April 26.
Two days later, Supervisors Hilda Solis and Mike Antonovich called for a DA investigation or for a grand jury called by the DA to examine possible conflicts of interest surrounding the Perez company contracts.
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