L.A. County District Attorney Investigating City of Industry’s Former Mayor

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has confirmed it will re-examine possible wrongdoing by the City of Industry’s former mayor David Perez. Friday’s announcement comes on the heels of a recent audit which revealed that the city paid more than $326 million to companies owned by Perez and his family over the past 20 years.

“I can now confirm that we are re-examining the case,” said Shiara Davila-Morales, chief of media relations for DA Jackie Lacey.

In addition to the D.A.’s probe, two Los Angeles County Supervisors have called for a grand jury investigation into the city’s finances. The motion was introduced by Michael Antonovich and Hilda Solis Tuesday.

The recent audit was conducted by KPMG at the behest of the city. It raised numerous questions about erroneous invoices and potential massive overpayments to the businesses, which include Zerep Management Corporation.

This is not the first time the D.A. has taken an interest in the lucrative contracts. The office launched an investigation six years ago, but ultimately brought no charges.

Read more about the latest probe here.



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