Mitch Englander Gets 14 Months in Jail
Former Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander will serve 14 months in prison for lying to the FBI about cash payments and escort services he received from a real estate developer who was looking to increase his business with the city. The former councilman has also been ordered to pay $15,000 in fines. A request for probation was denied by U.S. District Judge John F. Walter, who said Englander’s actions violated the public’s trust.
Englander is the first person to be sentenced as part of a wide-ranging criminal investigation into corruption at City Hall. Ten other people have been charged so far, including former City Councilman Jose Huizar. Several individuals have pleaded guilty and two corporate entities have reached non-prosecution agreements.
The FBI is still collecting information related to bribes and corruption at City Hall. It asks that anyone with information contact the FBI email tip line at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Los Angeles Field Office at (310) 477-6565.