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Councilman pleads guilty to $2.3M bribe

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POSTED January 14, 2014 10:06 p.m.

RIVERSIDE AP) — A former Southern California city councilman has pleaded guilty to taking a $2.3 million bribe from an undercover FBI operative.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports that ex-Moreno Valley Councilman Marcelo Co entered the plea for accepting the bribe that federal authorities said was among the biggest ever taken by a public official in an undercover sting. He also pleaded guilty Monday to a separate count of filing a false tax return.

Co, who resigned last year, had agreed in November to enter the pleas under a widespread corruption investigation in Riverside County.

He could get 13 years in prison at his July sentencing

The FBI operative posed as a real estate broker looking for a favorable land-use decision, and co promised he could control a majority of the council.

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