Former Mayor Gets 16 Months for White Collar Offenses

On Friday, the former mayor of Temple City, Judy Wong, was sentenced to 16 months in state prison after pleading no contest to charges that she had solicited and received approximately $13,100 in bribes.  The bribes were offered in exchange for her support of a $75 million mall project.

As part of her sentence, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg ordered that Wong pay $16,700 in restitution to the developer as well as $16,000 in fines.

Back in May, the 53-year-old former mayor entered her plea to 10 counts of bribery, perjury and solicitation to commit bribery.  She resigned in March and was named on a 21 count indictment along with former Mayor Carthe Wilson and Wilson's campaign treasurer, Scott Carwile.

All of the charges stem from accusations that Wong, Wilson and David Capra accepted and demanded cash bribes from developer Randy Wang for his Temple City Piazza Mall.  According to prosecutors, in exchange for the bribes, all of the council members agreed to support the 124,000 square foot project.

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