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Former LA City Councilman Mitch Englander Agrees To Plead Guilty To One Count In Corruption Scandal

Englander, his wife, attorney and reporters leaving the federal courthouse in downtown LA. earlier this month. (Libby Denkmann/ LAist)
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Federal prosecutors said today that former L.A. City Councilman Mitch Englander has:

"Agreed to plead guilty to a federal criminal charge stemming from his obstruction of a public corruption investigation related to his acceptance of gifts – including cash, hotel rooms and expensive meals – from a businessman during trips to Las Vegas and Palm Springs in 2017."

The agreement was filed in federal court this morning, according to the news release. Englander, federal officials said, agreed to plead guilty to one count of scheming to falsify material facts.

He had previously pleaded not guilty to seven counts of violating federal anti-corruption law.

The other counts will be dropped.

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The indictment says the gifts were from an as-yet unnamed business person to get approvals for a real estate development.

Englander faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.