HAWTHORNE (CBSLA.com) — Hawthorne Mayor Daniel “Danny” Juarez, who was indicted on perjury charges in 2012, has pleaded not guilty to four additional counts of perjury for allegedly depositing nearly $25,000 to personal bank accounts and failing to disclose a source, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.
The District Attorney alleges that over a two-year period beginning in March 2009, Juarez accepted money from individuals and businesses for his campaign or campaign-related debts.
“Prosecutors allege the money instead was deposited into his personal accounts and was not reported on forms he signed under penalty of perjury,” spokeswoman Jane Robinson said. “The complaint alleges that in one instance, Juarez received $2,500 from AYSO that he falsely claimed to have donated to the Officer Andrew Garton Memorial Fund.”
Juarez was first indicted in October 2012 on two counts of perjury. The 60-year-old has pleaded not guilty to asking for and receiving $2,000 in cash from a business to pay off campaign debts that he allegedly failed to report on campaign forms.
Juarez will return to court on Sept. 13.
He was elected to the Hawthorne City Council in 2007 before becoming mayor.