시의회에 보낸 편지에서, Ridley-Thomas는 싸울 계획이라고 말했습니다. “터무니없는 주장” 그를 대적하고 무죄를 선고받기를 기대한다. 그는 사임하지 않는다.
The longtime politician and Marilyn Louise Flynn, 83, the former dean of the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work, were indicted on Oct. 13 on charges connected to an alleged bribery scheme. The 20-count indictment accuses Ridley-Thomas, 66, 의 “supporting county contracts and lucrative contract amendments with the university” in exchange for benefits for a relative in 2017 과 2018, the Justice Department said.
Each is charged with one count of conspiracy, 수회, two counts of “honest services” mail fraud and 15 counts of “honest services” wire fraud.
“Throughout my entire career, I have sought to act with the utmost ethical conviction,” Ridley-Thomas wrote in his letter.
The scheme allegedly occurred when he served on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
At the end of the letter, he said he looks forward to “resuming my participation at the earliest appropriate time.”
지난주, the councilman said he intended to continue working, including focusing on the city’s expanding homeless population and housing shortage. Upon hearing news of the charges, Councilman Joe Buscaino called on his colleague to resign.
“I am shocked, 슬프다, and disgusted by the Federal bribery charges against Mark Ridley-Thomas,” he tweeted last week. “These charges tarnish the reputation of the entire LA City Council, and because of that, Ridley-Thomas should immediately step down from his position.”
Former Councilman Jose Huizar was indicted in July 2020 on charges he accepted $ 1.5 million in bribes after FBI agents raided his home. He was stripped of his committee assignments and suspended.
He has pleaded not guilty in that case.