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How Chinese developers became entangled in LA bribery scandal

Pay-to-play scheme allegedly included $800,000 given to powerful city official

Los Angeles city council member Jose Huizar is the main target of federal prosecutors in what some call the worst City Hall corruption scandal in almost a century.   © Reuters

An investigation into corruption allegations against a Los Angeles city councilman brought to light a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme involving several Chinese developers who sought the politician's backing for lucrative property deals in the second-largest U.S. city.

Suspended LA Councilman Jose Huizar was charged with accepting at least $1.5 million in bribes in what local media called the worst City Hall corruption scandal in almost a century. Huizar was indicted on July 30 by a federal grand jury on 34 felony counts, alleging he accepted bribes from a host of developers in exchange for business favors.

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