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What did Richard Alatorre do to earn nearly $1 million from developer? Attorney wants to know.

June 18, 2011 |  1:53 pm

Richard Alatorre A court-appointed overseer wants former L.A. Councilman Richard Alatorre to fill in some blanks about his involvement with a developer at the heart of a massive housing fraud case. Alatoree received nearly $1 million from Los Angeles-based Advanced Development and Investment, and the overseer is demanding that Alatorre explain what the payments were for.

Attorney David Pasternak, the receiver in the case, said he had found scant records explaining what Alatorre did for the steady stream of payments he received between 2002 and 2010. ...

The information sought by Pasternak could shed light on how ADI was able to win tens of millions of dollars in subsidies for dozens of projects in Los Angeles and elsewhere. A federal grand jury has already instructed the head of the Los Angeles Housing Department to turn over records on ADI dating back to 2005.

Alatorre told the Los Angeles Times that he had not seen the receiver’s June 8 letter and therefore could not discuss it. “I’m not going to comment on something I haven’t seen,” he said.

-- David Zahniser and Jessica Garrison

Photo: Richard Alatorre in 2001 after his sentencing in a tax evasion case. Credit: Los Angeles Times