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Temple City mayor, two others indicted on bribery, perjury charges

June 10, 2009 | 11:33 am


Temple City’s mayor and two others were indicted this morning on bribery and perjury charges, authorities said.

Mayor Judy Wong, former Mayor Cathe Wilson and her campaign treasurer, Scott Carwile, pleaded not guilty to the charges in Los Angeles County Superior Court after they surrendered to authorities.  

The 21-count grand jury indictment was unsealed this morning by Judge Patrica Schnegg.

The charges stem from allegations that Wong, Wilson and City Council member David Capra demanded and received cash bribes from Randy Wang, the developer of the Piazza mall project, while they served on the council in 2007.

The three allegedly demanded bribes in return for support of the $75-million project.

Capra pleaded guilty last week to one misdemeanor count of failure to report a campaign contribution and agreed to resign from the council, officials said.

Wong, 53, is charged with three counts of perjury, five counts of bribery and one count of solicitation to commit bribery, all felonies. Wilson, 76, is charged with three counts each of perjury and bribery.

Carwile, 50, is charged with four counts of perjury and one misdemeanor count of failure to establish a campaign fund for reporting.

Bail was set at $250,000 for Wong, $150,000 for Wilson and $100,000 for Carwile.

-- Victoria Kim

Photo: (Left to right) Attorney John Powers, Scott Carwile, Cathe Wilson Judy Wong and attorney Robert Wilson appear in court Wednesday on bribery charges. Credit:  Ken Hively  /  Los Angeles Times