Former Palmdale Mayor Pleads Guilty to Perjury in Corruption Case

Former Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of perjury as part of a public corruption case involving a local aerospace company.

Prosecutors had accused Ledford of taking $500,000 from aerospace company consultants in exchange for city contracts. The consultants were each sentenced to three years probation after pleading guilty to a tax code violation and a single count of misappropriating public funds.

As City News reported previously, the wrongdoing came to light in part through a longstanding feud between Ledford and Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris.

Ledford has been sentenced to two years of probation and must pay $189,900 in restitution.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times.


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Rev & Tax

Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 05:22

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