LOS ANGELES (AP) — State Sen. Roderick Wright on Thursday was indicted on eight felony counts in connection with a probe into whether he lived outside his Southern California district since he was elected two years ago.

An indictment unsealed Thursday charges Wright, 58, with five counts of voter fraud, two counts of perjury and one count of filing a false declaration of candidacy. He pleaded not guilty to the charges in a Los Angeles courtroom.

If convicted of all counts, he faces up to 100 months in prison. Wright posted $45,000 bail and was ordered to return to court Oct. 8.

Prosecutors said they believe Wright has claimed he lives in an Inglewood apartment but has resided in Baldwin Hills in a neighboring district since 2000. The investigation began shortly before Wright was elected to office in November 2008 when prosecutors received a complaint that he was living outside his district.

State lawmakers are required to live in the districts they serve. Those who live outside can be sued and removed from office.

Wright also is accused of fraudulently voting in the 2008 and 2009 elections.

Wright represents a region that includes the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the Los Angeles harbor area and suburbs south of Los Angeles.

In August, Los Angeles Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife were indicted on 24 felony counts stemming from similar allegations against Wright.

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Comments (6)
  1. True Lies says:

    Ahh more democrat hi jinx- when will voters get tired of them? It has been an open secret that this guy had been corrupt for YEARS and now HOPEFULLY it will be proven! Throw his fanny OUT and into JAIL!

  2. wobbles says:

    100 months? nice way to make a handslap sentence look impressive. That’s 8.3 years max, if sentence to the highest term, which is unlikely to happen.Supposing he did get convicted and the max sentence. he’d be on parole in 4 years or less. In all likelihood however, he’ll end up with probation and fines and never see a day of prison.

  3. rjsmitty says:

    I am sick of these turds in office!

  4. rjsmitty says:

    This new web page sucks also!

  5. ginny says:

    rjsmitty, I SO agree this new site really does stink. And it seems to like to refresh very quickly thusI loose me comments in the middle of the,

    As for this topic, maybe Maxine, Alarcon and this guy belong to the same club….the criminal politicians club. Seems we have allot of this going on these days.

  6. ginny says:

    Let;s try this again…
    rjsmitty, I SO agree this new site really does stink. And it seems to like to refresh very quickly thus I loose me comments in the middle of entering them and have to start over.

    As for this topic, maybe Maxine, this guy and Alarcon belong to the same club…the criminal politicians club.

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