Feds: Maywood cop tipped Cudahy official to massage parlor raid
A pair of ranking Cudahy city officials conspired to bribe City Hall colleagues so they could open a massage parlor that offered “illicit sexual services” to customers, according to federal documents released Thursday.
Councilman Osvaldo Conde and Angel Perales, the city's former interim city manager and code enforcement director, planned to relocate the massage parlor from a neighboring city and set up shop in Cudahy, the documents state.
In at least one instance, before either Conde or Perales became involved in ownership of the business, a Maywood police officer tipped off the councilman that a police raid was about to take place at the massage parlor, the documents show. The Maywood police force was disbanded in 2010.
Conde then notified a Cudahy city official “known to patronize” the massage parlor about the pending raid, so he would not be present when officers went to the business, according to the documents.
The City Hall official who allegedly tipped off the official was not identified.
The documents were part of the plea agreements of two Cudahy city officials who agreed Thursday to plead guilty to bribery and extortion.
The documents shed light on a culture of corruption within City Hall, with widespread bribery, developer payoffs and voter fraud.
Perales and former mayor David Silva have agreed to plead guilty to bribery and extortion. Conde was also arrested on bribery charges.
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Photo: FBI agents prepare to arrest Cudahy Councilman Osvaldo Conde last month. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times