Mitch Englander to Plead Guilty to Obstructing Corruption Probe

Former L.A. City Councilman Mitch Englander has agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiring to falsify material facts in a federal corruption investigation. The plea agreement can be read in full here.

Englander was charged earlier this month with obstructing the probe into a pay-for-play scheme involving City Hall. DOJ prosecutors said Englander accepted cash bribes, dinners, hotel stays, and even escorts from a businessman with development projects in the city.

The gifts were never reported by the councilman. And, once the investigation began, he allegedly instructed the businessman to cover it up. Englander was unaware that the businessman was already cooperating with investigators.

Englander represented L.A.'s District 12 for seven years. Once the City Council’s lone Republican, he stunned L.A.’s political establishment when he announced he was leaving office before the end of his term in 2018.