Former FilAm councilman agrees to plead guilty to bribery charges

By Balitang America Staff

Nov. 6, 2013

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. – Former Moreno Valley, Calif. councilman Marcelo Co has agreed to plead guilty to accepting a $2.36-million bribe from undercover federal officers. This is believed to be the largest bribe that a public official has accepted from undercover agents.

Co was charged on Tuesday with one count of bribery and one count of filing a false corporate tax return.

In a photo released by the U.S. attorney’s office, Co is seen seated at a table with two undercover FBI agents in January with millions of dollars in cash in front of them.

The money reportedly not only bought Co’s vote in the city council, but a majority vote as well.

Co reportedly told the undercover agents that he would control a voting majority of the city council and he would be able to guarantee land use decisions such as rezoning.

The Chinese-Filipino Co was born in the Philippines and came to the U.S. in the 1980s. He joined the city council in 2010.

The 64-year old resigned in August after he was accused of using public funds to help his sick mother in the Philippines.

If convicted, Co faces up to 13 years in federal prison when he is sentenced.

He is expected to appear in federal court in December.

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  • Kikay Pang0
    6 November 2013 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    Next time, learn a piece of advice from Jingoy …. No matter how severe the accusation …. never plead guilty and take it to your grave.

  • JD
    6 November 2013 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    Oh well, you will do anything for money, good luck in jail, your going to enjoy people like you in jail ? No Brains !

  • RT
    8 November 2013 at 1:23 am - Reply

    Most of the Judges in California are Democrat appointtees, BalAmer does’nt mention CO’s political affiliation, possibly Democrat(being corrupt and a liar). After two years of good conduct in prison, he will be eligible for parole, free again,after 2 yrs.