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LA Councilman Jose Huizar Arrested By FBI

Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar leads a press conference about the Operation Healthy Streets initiative at the Volunteers of America building near Skid Row in this 2014 file photo. (Photo by Benjamin Brayfield/KPCC)
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Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, long suspected of being a target in a sweeping corruption probe involving a "pay-to-play" scheme at City Hall, has been taken into custody.

Huizar was arrested by federal agents Tuesday morning at his Boyle Heights home, according to Laura Eimiller, spokesperson for the FBI's L.A. field office.

The FBI raided Huizar's home in 2018 with a hard-drive sniffing dog and left with a filing box labeled "Fundraising."

A number of city leaders had previously called on Huizar to resign.

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In March, former council member Mitch Englander agreed to plead guilty to lying to federal investigators after he was allegedly caught on tape discussing how to cover up a lavish Las Vegas trip and cash payments from a businessman who wanted lucrative Los Angeles developer connections.


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