Embattled Fil-Am leader Joel Jacinto steps down for LA commissioner post

LOS ANGELES — An embattled Filipino-American community leader has stepped down from his post as public workers commissioner for the city.

Joel Jacinto‘s lawyers said he voluntarily stepped down from his post to take away distraction from the agency’s works.

Last week, a warrant had linked Jacinto and his wife Ave to an ongoing federal corruption probe, involving several city council members and other officials.

None of them have been charged with any criminal activity.

For his part, Jacinto said he will fully cooperate as witness, and added that he hopes to return to his position as commissioner.

Search to Involve Pilipino Americans, or SIPA, which Jacinto previously served as executive director of for a long time, has distanced itself from its former leader, saying Jacinto has not represented or been employed at SIPA for the past three years.

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