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Times investigation: Allegations of bribery, envelopes filled with cash in Maywood

January 6, 2011 |  9:46 pm

Maywood is at the center of a three-year FBI bribery investigation involving an engineering contractor and several city officials, sources have told The Times.

David Mango, Maywood's former building and planning director, told The Times that while working as part of an FBI undercover operation in 2008, he twice received envelopes containing thousands of dollars in cash from an AAE executive.

The executive provided him with the money in hopes that he could ease the way for the firm to get new contracts and receive quick payment for existing ones, Mango said.

Federal prosecutors and FBI agents are investigating allegations that an engineering firm doing business in Southern California paid officials in at least one city in order to obtain contracts, according to people with direct knowledge of the investigation.

Michael Carras, an attorney for AAE, strongly denied any improper dealings with elected officials and said he had no knowledge that the firm was being investigated. Carras said his clients' interactions with elected officials and other public employees "is a matter of public record and one that is completely transparent and completely above board."

Read the full investigation by Times staff writers Hector Becerra, Robert Faturechi, Richard Winton and Sam Allen here.