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Ex-Aide To LA Democrat Councilman Jose Huizar Pleads Guilty In “Play-To-Play” Schemes, Including One With A Chinese Company

Los Angeles Daily News-


A former aide to a member of the Los Angeles City Council Wednesday became the fourth person to agree to plead guilty to a felony charge stemming from the City Hall “pay-to-play” federal corruption probe.

George Esparza, 33, agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiring to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization statute, and will cooperate in the ongoing investigation, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. It was not immediately known if Esparza — who was not arrested — has legal representation.

In his plea agreement, Esparza also admitted to lying to special agents with the FBI during interviews in June and July of 2017 by falsely stating, among other things, that he had no knowledge of any city official helping on a project in exchange for money, gifts or campaign contributions.

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