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Calif. Mayor Accused of Pot Bribes

“Money makes the monkey dance,” city manager Angel Perales used to tell business owners in the California city of Cudahy. Perales, along with Mayor David Silva and a city councilman, now stands accused of accepting bribes in exchange for their support in the opening of a medical-pot shop in town. “The allegations in this case describe a corrosive and freewheeling attitude among certain officials in the city of Cudahy,” U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. told reporters. Court documents say that the three men accepted $15,000 from a man who wanted to open a medical-marijuana dispensary—a man who happened to be working as an informant for the FBI.

June 23, 2012 8:29 AM