The U.S. Attorney's Office reports in a press release that a former Los Angeles city council member was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison. Mitchell Englander, 50, of Santa Monica, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John F. Walter after previously pleading guilty to giving a false statement to federal investigators. Namely, Englander lied about his acceptance of gifts, including $15,000 in cash, from a businessman during trips to Las Vegas and Palm Springs.
Englander became entangled in a criminal probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation into certain city officials of Los Angeles. As part of their probe, Englander voluntarily appeared to several meetings with federal investigators. It was later revealed that Englander provided false information that was material to the government's ongoing investigation.
Additionally, federal prosecutors noted in their sentencing memorandum that while serving as a city councilmember and reserve officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, Englander “illicitly cash in on his status as a purported public servant in casino bathrooms and through VIP bottle service, luxury dinners, and behind hotel room doors.”
Additionally, Englander, on at least three occasions, obstructed justice by coordinating lies with an unidentified individual to mislead federal investigators in their public corruption investigation.
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