Chinese LA Hotel Developer To Pay $1M To End Bribery Probe

By Lauren Berg (October 8, 2020, 7:27 PM EDT) -- A Chinese-owned Southern California hotel developing company will pay more than $1 million to resolve a bribery investigation into the company's conduct with public officials in Los Angeles, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

The three-year nonprosecution agreement with Jia Yuan USA Co. Inc. is the latest development in the explosive "pay-to-play" corruption investigation of Los Angeles City Hall that includes City Councilman Jose Huizar, who is facing dozens of charges for his alleged involvement in various bribery schemes connected to real estate developers.

The Chinese company Shenzhen Hazens established Jia Yuan in California to acquire, operate and redevelop the...

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