Former California legislator to be sentenced for voter fraud
October 14, 2014
A former California legislator is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, along with his wife, for convictions stemming from his serving on the Los Angeles City Council while living outside the district he represented. [MyNewsLA]
In July, a jury convicted Democratic politician Richard Alarcon, 60, of three counts of fraudulent voting and one count of perjury by declaration. Alarcon’s wife, Flora, 49, received convictions of two counts of fraudulent voting and one count of perjury by declaration.
During the trial, prosecutors alleged that Alarcon and his wife lied about living at a home in Panorama City, which was in Alarcon’s district. The jury acquitted Alarcon of about 12 other felony counts and his wife of two other accounts.
The perjury convictions pertained to Alarcon lying on his statement of intent to become a council candidate and his wife’s declaration involving a provisional ballot.
Alarcon served initially on the Los Angeles City Council from 1993 to 1998. He then became a state legislator, serving in the Senate from 1998 to 2006 and the Assembly from 2006 to 2007.
In 2007, Alarcon returned to the Los Angeles council, where he remained in office until 2013. The convictions pertained Alarcon’s most recent council term.
Prosecutors are requesting that he spend 180 days in jail and receive 1,000 hours of community service.
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