Orange County District Attorney’s Office is making inquiries into allegations of what is essentially an attempted bribe by Westminster Mayor Tri Ta to keep Councilwoman Margie Rice, his opponent in the November election, from running against him, according to a lawyer who is suing the city.
Former Westminster Planning Commissioner David Phuong Dinh Vo was arraigned at the U.S. District Court in Santa Ana Tuesday morning on federal corruption charges after Vo solicited $15,000 in bribes from a confidential FBI informant in exchange for help obtaining a city liquor license.
Michael M Nguyen is accused of embezzling $4.3 million from the city and covering up the activity by altering the city’s financial ledgers. He faces 17 counts of misappropriation of public funds and up to 29 years in prison.
A community letter from Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada explaining the police department’s use of the devices, known as StingRays, appears to have borrowed content from a canned comment issued by the FBI.