CUDAHY (AP) — Los Angeles county prosecutors are investigating whether the former city manager of Cudahy illegally gave himself pay raises.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the district attorney is looking into allegations of misappropriation of public funds by George Perez.

When he was elected to the city council in 1994, Perez had previously worked as a city janitor. His colleagues named him city manager even though he had little administrative experience and no college degree.

The Times reported that he had a contract that guaranteed an annual raise of 8 percent, plus 2- to 3.5 percent cost-of-living raises that were meant for union employees. He also got 12 weeks of vacation.

Perez was fired last year though council members never provided an explanation. His lawyer said the council approved every pay check.

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