Breceda due in Court tomorrow
Posted in the Rowland Heights Forum
#1 Sep 10, 2013
Its arraignment day.
I will keep you informed
#2 Sep 11, 2013
Yes, please let us know how YOU LOST ANOTHER ONE. Don't u get tired of always being a loser? Your family must be so ashamed!
#3 Sep 11, 2013
The Irwindale embezzlers arraignment was postponed until October 16
The high dollar lawyers are still trying to get the case dismissed.
#4 Sep 11, 2013
Is that the sound of u paying for a bar of soap? No, that's impossible.
#5 Sep 11, 2013
No Rosy that is the sound of lawyers digging in deep pockets. dragging this case on and on and on. CHA-CHING CHA-CHING.
By the way did you ever check that will out.
#6 Sep 11, 2013
Irwindale Officials Accused of Misspending $200k in NYC Appear in Court
5 hours ago
by Melissa Pamer
Two current and two former city officials from largely industrial Irwindale were slated to appear in court Wednesday to face charges that they misspent nearly $200,000 in public funds on lavish trips to New York City.
Irwindale officials appear in court alongside their attorneys.
During multiple trips between 2001 and 2005, they allegedly dined at fine restaurants, stayed at fancy hotels and attended Broadway musicals, all on the taxpayer dime, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said when announcing the charges in August.
The officials’ stated goal was to improve the bond rating for the San Gabriel Valley city, which is dominated by rock quarries and has about 1,400 residents, according to the 2010 census.
Councilmen Mark Breceda and Manuel Garcia, former councilwoman Rosemary Ramirez and retired Finance Director Abe De Dios each are charged with misappropriation of public funds, embezzlement and conflict of interest, the DA’s office said.
They were scheduled to appear Wednesday for their arraignment at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles.
In April, a panel of federal appellate judge had thrown out similar charges made in 2010 against the Irwindale officials because prosecutors had failed to present evidence that was favorable to the suspects, according to the Los Angeles Times. The case was re-filed in August, the newspaper reported.
The officials went to New York City on multiple trips that lasted up to six days at a time, the DA’s office said.
During each trip, they spent thousands of dollars attending events “that had nothing to do with city business,” the DA’s office stated in August.
In 2005, the group stayed at the luxury Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Central Park and saw “Wicked,”“Mamma Mia,” and Mets and Yankees games, according to the DA’s office.
They spent $12,000 in limousine services during that trip, prosecutors alleged.
The DA’s office announced charges Aug. 14.
Breceda and De Dios were charged with five counts each of misappropriation of public funds, embezzlement and conflict of interest.
Ramirez was charged with two counts each of misappropriation of public funds, embezzlement and conflict of interest.
Garcia was charged with one count each of misappropriation of public funds, embezzlement and conflict of interest.
#7 Oct 15, 2013
Well its court time again for the Irwindale embezzlers I will keep you informed
#8 Oct 16, 2013
What's the good word parker?
#9 Oct 16, 2013
Arraignment for Irwindale officials on corruption charges delayed again
Council member Mark Breceda, left, and Manuel Garcia appeared at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, October 16, 2013. Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News
By Sarah Favot, email@example.com,@sara hfavot on Twitter
Posted: 10/16/13, 9:18 PM PDT |
LOS ANGELES >> The arraignment of four current and former Irwindale officials accused of corruption dating back to 2001 was delayed for a second time Wednesday to give the judge time to review motions filed by the prosecutor and a defense attorney.
City Council members Mark Breceda and Manual Garcia, former Councilwoman Rosemary Ramirez and retired Finance Director Abe De  Dios appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday afternoon on charges of embezzlement, misappropriation of public funds and conflict of interest.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office refiled the charges on Aug.  13. They stem from multiple trips taken to New York City between 2001 and 2005. Prosecutors allege the officials spent $200,000 in public funds on expensive hotels and restaurants, Broadway shows and Major League Baseball games.
The officials have denied wrongdoing and said the purpose of the trips was to improve the city’s bond rating.
Superior Court Judge Shelly Torrealba granted the prosecution’s motion to dismiss two of the charges filed against Garcia — misappropriation of public funds and conflict of interest.
Deputy District Attorney Kennes Ma said the statute of limitations had expired on those charges because Garcia was not named in the original case the District Attorney’s Office filed against the officials in 2010.
Torrealba granted the four defendants continued released on their own recognizance. She ordered the defendants refrain from contacting witnesses in the case.
She rescheduled the arraignment for Wednesday.
An attorney representing Breceda had previously demurrered challenging the legal sufficiency for 10 of the 14 charges against the officials.
Specifically, attorney Anthony Falangetti said the 10 counts of conflict of interest and misappropriation of public funds are past the statute of limitations for prosecution, which Falangetti said is four years.
Embezzlement has no statute of limitations.
Attorney Steven Levine, representing Garcia, also demurrered. Ma filed a response to the demurrer.
Torrealba said she would review the filings.
In their felony complaint, prosecutors argue the D.A. did not know of the alleged crimes until October 2007, when an anonymous letter coupled with an article from this newspaper was sent to their office regarding the lavish trips.
#10 Oct 16, 2013
“...  Info rmation that might have led to the discovery of the crimes had not and could not have been reasonably discovered by law enforcement or a governmental official with supervisory authority,” Deputy District Attorney Kennes Ma wrote in the complaint.“These crimes were committed by the persons who would otherwise have been responsible for reporting it.”
Falangetti alleges prosecutors opened an investigation into the incident in 2005 but found no crime had occurred.
“Nevertheless, there’s been many more years than four since 2007,” Falangetti said. The statute of limitations would have run out in October 2011, he said.
Among the previous allegations, the four officials were accused of spending $66,000 on two trips in 2005 to New York, where they stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Central Park and bought tickets to see Broadway shows. They charged $12,000 for limousine services. In other trips, they spent over $200 per ticket on a Yankees game and other shows.
A third-party consultant paid for the trips and was later reimbursed by the city.
In April, a state appeals court dismissed a grand jury indictment against the four, finding prosecutors withheld exculpatory evidence when presenting their case to the grand jury.
Among the evidence withheld were documents that indicated the city had a practice of allowing city officials to collect a $75-a-day meal allowance when traveling on city business, even when meals are paid for by a third party.
Prosecutors initially charged the officials with misappropriation of public funds in late 2010, but the charges were dismissed due to the statue of limitations. Prosecutors then sought the embezzlement charges.
Former City Manager Steve Blancarte, an Altadena resident, pleaded guilty to misappropriation of public funds in 2011 relating to the corruption charges. He was sentenced to three years of probation and had paid more than $20,000 in restitution, fees and fines.
The remaining charges include five counts each of misappropriation of public funds, embezzlement and conflict of interest against Breceda, 53, and De Dios, 68; one count of embezzlement against Garcia, 51; and two counts each of misappropriation of public funds, embezzlement and conflict of interest against Ramirez, 53.
#12 Oct 22, 2013
Well the Irwindale embezzlers are heading back to court tomorrow. I will let you know what happens.
#13 Oct 23, 2013
4 Irwindale Officials Face Charges Of Misappropriating $200K In Public Funds
October 23, 2013 4:10 PM
— Four Irwindale officials were in court today to face charges of misappropriating nearly $200,000 in city money.
Councilmen Mark Breceda and Manuel Garcia, former Councilwoman Rosemary Ramirez and former Finance Director Abe De Dios are accused by the Los Angeles County District Attorney of spending “lavishly” on dining and entertainment that had nothing to do with city business while on trips to New York City.
The D.A. says the four traveled to the metropolitan between 2001 and 2005 to get a higher bond rating for Irwindale, and spent the funds on stays at exclusive hotels, dining at fine restaurants, buying tickets to Broadway musicals including Wicked and Mamma Mia and to Yankees and Mets games.
Prosecutors announced in August Breceda and De Dios had been charged with five counts each of misappropriation of public funds, embezzlement and conflict of interest.
Ramirez is charged with two counts each of misappropriation of public funds, embezzlement and conflict of interest.
Garcia is charged with one count each of misappropriation of public funds, embezzlement and conflict of interest.
KNX1070′s Ed Mertz reports the four are now out on bond and are due back in court next month to enter pleas.
#14 Oct 25, 2013
Hunley, what have you been charged with?
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