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Former Rosemead Mayor Pleads Guilty

A former Rosemead mayor is pleading guilty to reduced federal charges, according to a Pasadena newspaper article today (11-20-13).

According to a news report by the Pasadena Star news, former Rosemead Mayor John Tran "took a plea deal" Monday  and pleaded guility to two felonies, witness tampering by corrupt persuasion and making a false statement to the FBI. .

He reportedly faced charges for prosecution for bribery and extortion. He faces a potential prison sentence of 18 to 24 months when he is sentenced next year. He also is expected to face a fine to pay back about $38,000 in restitution. 

Tran was indicted earlier this year for allegedly accepting brides from a real estate developer. The newspaper said that federal prosecutors did not expect Tran to withdraw his plea as he did in March 2012 after pleading guilty to bribery charges.

Tran served on the Rosemead City Council between 2005 and 2007. He also served on the El Monte Union High School District Board.

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