Commerce City Councilman Faces Prison After Pleading Guilty To Conspiracy

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A city councilman from Commerce could face up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal conspiracy charge.

KNX 1070’s Brian Ping reports Robert Fierro admitted reimbursing some of his campaign contributors with cash in order to hide the funds.

Court documents allege Fierro recruited family and friends to make contributions to his 2005 campaign, with Fierro secretly reimbursing the value of the contributions in cash.

The 40 year-old reportedly failed to disclose the contributions or reimbursements to the state of California or on his campaign’s finance records.

The case marks the second time a city official from Commerce has been convicted of corruption charges since 2010, when Councilman Hugo Argumedo plead guilty to charges of obstruction of justice and subsequently resigned, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Fierro’s sister-in-law Ana Perez made a similar plea in the case and is expecting the same sentence. His wife Linda is scheduled to go to trial next month.

Fierro is set to be sentenced in April.

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  • El Capitan

    Stop voting in Latinos to office! Corruption runs in our blood!

  • Michael J. McDermott

    Oug gno, he know mayor Villiagrossa.

  • Taxpayer

    Yeah dont vote Latino , look what the latino city council did to that city,cut the workers and saved the managers and family members so they can keep getting their perks.

  • Doug

    Hispanics in government office of any kind is a no no.They will lie , cheat and steal anything that is not tied down.

    • Corrupt

      Hispanic, black, white, red or green, anyone who is allowed to steal will steal. California promotes corruption so why wouldn’t a councilmember lie, cheat and steal if he or she will not be punished? In fact in most cases a councilmember is rewarded with early retirement and full pension when he or she steals.

  • Hayden Sherman

    Politicians are all smug, arrogant, and are selfish. They may start off as good but the all go bad. Government does things to people. Greed eventually takes over and every decision soon will be effected by bribes or greed. It is sad that we trust these pigs to make decisions that can effect people’s lives, families, the way they live, and entire communities. WE AS VOTERS HAVE CONTROL OVER WHO GETS ELECTED AND IT IS OUR DUTY TO PAY ATTENTION AND LOOK INTO THE BACKGROUNDS OF THE PEOPLE WE VOTE FOR OR WE GET STUCK WITH THEM. MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES PEOPLE AND USE YOUR VOTE WISELY.

  • Kobe

    Big deal!!!!! The councilmembers from Bell and Montebello stole millions and they did not even get a slap on the wrist. I think this guy is going to jail because he is not corrupt enough. If he had stolen millions from city money than he would have been praised by the state and given an early retirement with full pension.

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