Former LA city Councilman Sentenced to 120 days in Jail

By Trissean McDonald

Former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, convicted of fraudulent voting and perjury of living outside his district, is sentenced to 120 days in jail.

Richard, 60, was convicted of fraudulent voting in the November 2008 and in the March and May elections in 2009. He was convicted in July 23, 2014 of three counts of fraudulent voting and one count of perjury, yet acquitted of dozen other felony counts. He is ordered to complete 600 hours of community service, is placed on 5 years probation, and barred from holding public office.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge George G. Lomeli ordered Richard Alarcon to surrender to the courts Dec. 10, 2014 to begin serving his sentence, and stated Alarcon was “not inclined” to put the sentence on a hold while he appeals his conviction. The judge denied the defense’s motion for a new trail, considering that there was “substantial credible and reasonable evidence” to support the jury’s verdict.

Flora Alarcon, Richard Alarcon’s wife, who was also convicted of fraudulent voting and perjury, was sentenced to 400 hours of community service and placed on 5 years probation. Flora, 49, was convicted of two counts of perjury. She was acquitted of two other counts. She was convicted of fraudulent voting in the March and May 2009 elections.