LA Councilman Convicted Of Voter Fraud Will Continue To Collect $116K Annual Pension

LOS ANGELES ( — Even though L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon was convicted of four felonies this week, he’ll continue to receive his $116,000 annual pension, a newspaper reported Friday.

There are some California jurisdictions that prohibit city employees convicted of felonies from receiving pensions. That’s not the case in Los Angeles, a worker in the city’s civilian retirement division told Los Angeles Daily News.

Alarcon, 60, was convicted Wednesday of four counts of perjury and voter fraud for living outside Council District 7 and lying about his address on official documents.

The councilman’s wife, Flora, was convicted of three counts.

The councilman is due back in court Sept. 10 for sentencing. He faces up to six years in state prison and would be barred from ever holding elective public office again, according to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office.

Alarcon’s attorney, Richard Lasting, said he’s going to file court documents in the coming weeks to have the case thrown out.


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