Former Westminster Planning Commissioner Found Guilty of Accepting $15,000 Bribe
Westminster City Hall. JEFF ANTENORE, Voice of OC Contributing Photographer
David Phương Đinh Võ, cựu Ủy viên Kế hoạch Westminster, đã bị một bồi thẩm đoàn liên bang truy tố hôm thứ năm về một tội nhận hối lộ vì nhận 15.000 đô la để giúp được cấp giấy phép bán rượu trong thành phố Westminster.
Là luật sư tại Huntington Beach, người phục vụ trong Ủy ban Kế hoạch từ đầu năm 2009 đến đầu năm 2013.
Theo thông cáo báo chí từ Văn phòng luật sư Hoa Kỳ tại Los Angeles, vào tháng 6 năm 2011, Vo đã nhận khoản hối lộ 15.000 đô la từ một nhân viên chìm làm việc với FBI. Võ sau đó đã nhận được 15.000 đô la trong suốt bốn cuộc họp tháng 8 năm 2011 để đổi lấy việc đẩy giấy phép bán rượu thông qua quá trình phê duyệt.
Hình phạt tối đa là 10 năm tù, ba năm quản chế và phạt $ 250.000. Võ và luật sư của ông ấy https://voiceofoc.org/2016/07/former-westminster-planning-commissioner-charged-with-bribery/ đã thỏa thuận ký giấy nhận tội để được giảm khinh.
Võ được Ủy viên Hội đồng Tyler Diep bổ nhiệm vào Ủy ban Kế hoạch.
By THY VO September 8, 2017
David Phuong Dinh Vo, a former Westminster Planning Commissioner, was found guilty by a federal jury Thursday of one count of bribery for accepting $15,000 to help push through a city liquor license.
Vo is a Huntington Beach-based attorney who served on the Planning Commission from early 2009 to early 2013.
According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, in June 2011, Vo solicited a $15,000 bribe from an informant working with the FBI. Vo then received $15,000 over the course of four August 2011 meetings in exchange for pushing a liquor license through the approval process.
The maximum penalty is 10 years in prison, three years of probation, and a $250,000 fine. Vo and his attorney signed a plea deal last May, which could come with a lesser sentence.
Vo was appointed to the Planning Commission by Councilman Tyler Diep.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Attorney Dave Vo: Ex-Westminster Planning Commissioner Heads to Federal Prision for 18 months.
I cannot stand public corruption of any type…and I am thrilled to see that a former Planning Commissioner from the City of Westminster has been sent to Federal prison for the next 18 months for taking a bribe… $15,000 for your freedom for 18 months? This Vo clown sold his soul for chump change, and he got caught. #LockHimUp
Vo is an actual attorney right here in the Westminster area community.
Greed, Power. Corruption.
SANTA ANA, California – A former member of the Planning Commission for the City of Westminster was sentenced today to 18 months in federal prison for taking a $15,000 bribe to help a person obtain a liquor license.
Dave Vo, 43, of Westminster, was sentenced by United States District Judge James V. Selna.
Following a three-day jury trial, Vo was convicted in September of one count of bribery.
Vo, who is an attorney, served as a Planning Commissioner in the Orange County city from early 2009 through early 2013. By virtue of his position, he had influence over the issuance of conditional use permits.
In 2011, Vo solicited a $15,000 bribe from a confidential informant. The informant reported to the FBI that Vo had solicited a bribe in relation to the issuance of a liquor license. During August 2011, over the course of four meetings, Vo received cash payments that totaled $15,000 in exchange for pushing the liquor license permit through the city’s approval process.
During the trial, the jury heard audio recordings of Vo soliciting the bribe – at one point telling the informant to “stay quiet” and “don’t even mention what’s going on” – and then saw video recordings of the payments being made.
“To line his pockets, [Vo] made a calculated decision to help a bribe payer at the expense of law-abiding members of the community who sought conditional use permits and liquor licenses through legitimate channels,” prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum filed with the court. “In so doing, [Vo] sold his influence on the Planning Commission, giving (as he called it) ‘inside’ access for ‘under the table’ money. That conduct reflects a profound breach of the public’s trust.”
The case against Vo was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel H. Ahn of the Santa Ana Branch Office.
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