Council member bribe probe continues

The allegations that Temple City elected officials demanded bribes is gaining momentum. Prosecutors seized tape-recordings made by a developer who claims three city council members asked for bribes — thousands of dollars and a condo –  in return for support on a project.

Prosecutors seize tapes in Temple City bribery probe
By Alfred Lee, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/08/2009 04:11:18 PM PST

TEMPLE CITY – Prosecutors have seized tape-recordings made by a developer who claims they support his allegations that city leaders demanded bribes from him in return for cooperation on a long-delayed development project.

The recordings contain conversations between Randy Wang, the developer of the Piazza mall project, and City Council members. The recordings back up Wang’s claims of bribery solicitation, said his lawyer, Patrick Duffy of Monteleone & McCrory.

“They support the allegations that are in our affirmative defense,” Duffy said.

Wang has accused Mayor Cathe Wilson and council members Judy Wong and David Capra of demanding thousands of dollars in cash payments and a condominium from him in order for his project to progress smoothly through City Hall.

Wilson, Wong and Capra have denied Wang’s claims. Read more.

  • temple city resident

    It was just a matter of time that Cathe Wilson the mayor would get caught. She and Wong and Capra must resign. We can’t have a unetical mayor and coucilmembers represent our city. We trusted them and now look what they have done.

  • Rams09

    We trusted these people and they have have broken our trust. I know at this point it’s all allegations but the tapes will prove whether or not its true- seems that the developer is looking for an out of finishing the piazza though

  • Fed Up Voter

    These crooks needs to get the boot like other elected liars and thieves from other cities in the San Gabriel Valley once and for all.
    The cities need to be free or crime and corruption. Gutierrez from El Monte, Nunez from Rosemead, Touley from West Covina, Lozano from Baldwin Park, and others on water and school boards. Get the District Attorney involved. That is if he isn’t bought and sold.

  • Fed Up Voter

    These crooks needs to get the boot like other elected liars and thieves from other cities in the San Gabriel Valley once and for all.
    The cities need to be free or crime and corruption. Gutierrez from El Monte, Nunez from Rosemead, Touley from West Covina, Lozano from Baldwin Park, and others on water and school boards. Get the District Attorney involved. That is if he isn’t bought and sold.