City Councilman Pleads Guilty in Campaign Finance Conspiracy

By Danny Fenster

A council member in a southern California town may be off the council soon, after pleading guilty on Monday to felony conspiracy charges.

The charges stem from City of Commerce Councilman Robert Fierro’s attempt to interfere with an investigation into his campaign’s finances, reports the LA Times.

Fierro reimbursed certain campaign contributors with cash in his 2005 bid in an effort to hide the source of the funds, according to a statement from Fierro’s treasurer, who also pleaded guilty. Learning that the FBI was investigating the funding, Fierro urged contributors to lie to a grand jury, the treasurer’s statement also said.

Fierro, also a preschool teacher, said on Tuesday he will resign from the council.

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