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Former Temple City mayor sentenced to 16 months in state prison for taking bribes

Former Temple City Mayor Judy Wong was sentenced Friday to 16 months in state prison after pleading no contest to charges she solicited and received $13,100 in bribes for her support of a $75-million mall project.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg ordered Wong to pay $16,700 in restitution to the developer and more than $16,000 in fines.

Wong, 53, entered a plea in May to 10 counts of bribery, perjury and solicitation to commit bribery, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Sean Hassett with the public integrity division.

The mayor, who resigned from office in March, was named in a 21-count indictment last year along with former Mayor Cathe Wilson and Wilson’s campaign treasurer Scott Carwile.

The charges stem from allegations Wong, Wilson and David Capra -- all council members in 2007 -- demanded and received cash bribes from developer Randy Wang for his Temple City Piazza mall.

Prosecutors allege that in exchange for the bribes, the council members agreed to support the 124,000-square-foot project. According to court documents, Wong called the developer at one point.

"Of course, I do not like corruption," Wong said, according to court records. "However, sometimes if one does some of these things, it will at least make things easier."

Capra, who was charged separately, pleaded guilty last year to one misdemeanor count of failure to report a campaign contribution and agreed to resign from the council.

Carwile, 51, earlier pleaded guilty to one felony count of perjury and is awaiting sentencing. Wilson, 77, who is charged with three counts each of perjury and bribery, is slated for trial Nov. 8.

-- Richard Winton

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Finally Judy Wong is getting her just punishment-the arrogance of her and the other councilmembers in trying to enrich themselves off a once proud city! Now maybe the residents of Temple City will start getting involved in their city's business and not wait for others to do it for them!

Yikes! What has happened to my hometown???

Finally the streets of Temple City are safe to walk down again.
(swings arm)

Justice prevails in the end...

It's about time some of these home-grown crooks serve time in prison.

They all think they're smart enough to cheat and get away with it.

Have fun in prison, Ms. Wong.

Next up is Sharon Martinez from Monterey Park. Her partners in crime are singing like canaries after getting immunity and Sharon is all alone. This is interesting because Sharon and her partners in crime all worked for Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Congresswoman Judy Chu. Although this crime has the fingerprints of Judy's husband, Assemblyman Michael Eng all over it.

Another rat goes to jail...Great! There are plenty more.

Wait a minute. You mean the developer pays bribes and only the politicians go to jail?? And the bribe paying developer actually gets his money back too??!! Question for the DA and the judge: Why was the developer not punished too?? He's probably sitting in his corruption enabled development grinning ear to ear and thinking the DA and the courts are a bunch of morons!!

While I'm happy to see anyone corrupt in jail, my question is why is it always politicians from small cities. When will the DA pick up the guts to put LA politicians where they belong.


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