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Former Pico Rivera councilman arrested on perjury charges

February 4, 2010 |  7:59 am

A former Pico Rivera city councilman has been arrested on charges of perjury and conflict of interest related to contracts he voted for and gifts he allegedly accepted, prosecutors said.

Ron Beilke, 50, voted from 2006 to 2008 to approve three construction contracts for an intersection near his Wienerschnitzel restaurant and a coffee shop he planned to open, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

An arrest warrant was issued for Beilke, but he surrendered in court Wednesday and was released on his own recognizance. His arraignment is scheduled for March 8.

Beilke voted to approve a contract with Krikorian Theatres, and in 2008 allegedly accepted movie tickets valued at more than $3,400 from the company, prosecutors said.

He underestimated the tickets' value on a conflict-of-interest form certified under penalty of perjury, a deputy district attorney said. Beilke used some of the tickets and gave some to family members and Wienerschnitzel employees, the prosecutor said.

Beilke was voted onto the City Council in 2005 but lost his reelection bid in November.

-- Raja Abdulrahim