Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Former Carson (Calif.) Mayor Sentenced to 71 Months for Corruption

Former Carson, California, Mayor Daryl Sweeney was sentenced on Dec. 20 to a 71-month term of imprisonment for his role in a kickback scheme that involved hundreds of millions of dollars worth of city contracts.  U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson viewed Sweeney in this way, according to an AP story: "I don't think this was about losing your way or taking a wrong turn. You're really nothing more than a thief--a petty thief.  You wanted the money." Sweeney is not the first Carson mayor sentenced to jail, however, as former Mayor Pete Fajardo was sentenced in November to 15 months in federal prison for extorting and accepting $120,000 related to city contracts.  For a town of 88,000 people, and probably best known for its soccer stadium, two mayors in a row is putting it in a league with Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston . . . the list just seems to go on for municipal corruption. (ph)

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