Skip to comments.FBI corruption probe of L.A. City Hall and China
Posted on 01/14/2019 10:36:41 AM PST by CondoleezzaProtege
The rapid transformation of downtown Los Angeles skyline is being fueled in good measure by huge investments from Chinese companies eager to burnish their global brands and capitalize on L.A.s real estate boom.
Now some of those projects have become a focus of federal agents seeking evidence of possible bribery, extortion, money laundering and other crimes as part of a corruption investigation at City Hall.
The federal investigation became public in November, when FBI agents descended on the home and offices of L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar, who represents the vast majority of downtown.
In the warrant, agents sought information from Google about a Gmail account tied to Ray Chan, a former deputy mayor for economic development for Garcetti who once headed the city building department and has worked since then as a consultant. Agents said they were looking for evidence related to an investigation into bribery, extortion, money laundering and other crimes that could involve more than a dozen people.
Among those named were two executives linked to Shenzhen New World Group, a Chinese company that has unveiled plans to redevelop the L.A. Grand Hotel downtown with a 77-story tower and build a 31-story hotel near Universal Studios.
The warrant said investigators sought evidence of possible crimes involving City Hall figures in addition to Huizar, including his planning deputy, Shawn Kuk, and his former aide George Esparza; Price; Deron Williams, chief of staff to Wesson; Joel Jacinto, a Garcetti appointee who serves on the citys Board of Public Works; and Chan himself.
Garcetti spokesman Alex Comisar declined to comment on Jacinto or Chan.
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What about the corruption probe of FBI headquarters in DC?
Good point. This whole ordeal just showcases the hypocrisy of liberals at their finest. THEY are the colluders with foreign governments!
The FBI investigating corruption is a joke.
Truth be known every filthy democrat run big city is a cesspool of corruption and bribery.Hang them all.
LA is corrupt withOUT china...Gee when they are done there, maybe they can start on NYC, Chi, Atl, Miami.....
Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.
Using the FBI... to investigate... corruption.
God, DC has a wonderful sense of humor.
What about Feinstein, McConnel, both Clinton’s, and on down the line.
They and their families were all made filthy rich, by their “pay for play”, and selling us out to the Communist Chinese, and Russians, going back to the 1980’s!
Feinstein would always vote in favor of the Chinese, and her husband would get contracts and money for room the Chinese government. McConnel’s family receivedanyillions from the Chinese government. And the Clintons... The Clinton/Gore campaign receivedany millions of dollars, and Bill Clinton gave the Chinese everything in return. As a result, now the Chinese have every city in the US targeted.
Yes, the crimes of “Chinagate” were real.
Wow, sent my reply from my chinese phone, and the auto correct really killed it.
The corrupt FBI investigates corrupt California.
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There is nobody in LA gov that isn’t corrupt.
“Now some of those projects have become a focus of federal agents seeking evidence of possible bribery, extortion, money laundering and other crimes as part of a corruption investigation at City Hall.”
If Mayor Yoga Pants Garcetti ends up in the hoosegow it will be perfect.
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