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Cathe Wilson, former Temple City mayor, sentenced to prison for bribery, perjury [Updated]

June 23, 2011 | 11:23 am

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Former Temple City Mayor Cathe Wilson was sentenced Thursday to four years in state prison after her conviction for bribery and perjury involving a sweetheart deal with a developer while in office.

Los Angeles Superior Court Superior Court Judge Alex Ricciardulli sentenced the 78-year-old ex-mayor and ordered her to pay $10,000 in restitution.

Wilson was convicted last month of three counts of asking for or receiving a bribe and three counts of perjury.

The perjury charges involved one count of lying to the Los Angeles County Grand Jury in 2008 and two counts of submitting false material in state Fair Political Practices Commission reports, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Sean Hassett of the public integrity division.

Wilson, her campaign manager and another former Temple Mayor, Judy Wong, were indicted in June 2009 on charges that cash bribes were demanded and received in 2007 from developer Randy Wang for his Temple City Piazza project.

Another council member, David Capra, was charged separately.

Wong, 54, pleaded no contest and was sentenced last year to 16 months in state prison.

Scott Carwile, 52, Wilson’s campaign manager, pleaded guilty to a perjury count and was sentenced last month to three years' probation and one day in county jail.

Capra pleaded no contest in 2009 to a misdemeanor charge of failure to report a campaign contribution and agreed to resign from the council.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Max Huntsman said shortly after the indictment that officials from Temple City cooperated with the public integrity division in its investigation.


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[Updated 7:25 p.m. with new photograph: Former Temple City Mayor Cathe Wilson is aided by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies as she hears her sentence Thursday. Credit: Terry Miller]