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Former Los Angeles Councilman Jose Huizar’s Attorneys File Motion to Dismiss Charges

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Attorneys representing former Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar have filed a defense motion of dismissal, arguing that his actions do not align with the charges against him outlined in the 41-count federal racketeering indictment. After being arrested in June 2020, Huizar was initially charged in a 34-count indictment that alleged a pay-to-play scheme to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. Huizar allegedly agreed to accept at least $1.5 million in illicit financial benefits in exchange for favorable treatment on real estate projects. Federal prosecutors also indicted a few developers and other individuals connected to the case in November 2020. In addition to the RICO Act charge, Huizar and his associates were charged with additional counts, including honest services fraud, bribery, tax evasion, money laundering, and others. “The Federal Investigation has revealed that Huizar operated a pay-to-play scheme in the City, utilizing and commodifying the powerful Council seat …

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