Former Santa Fe Springs, CA Mayor Joseph Serrano Sr. has plead guilty to one count of felony bribery. Serrano accepted $11,500 in cash from a medical marijuana collective owner who was acting as an informant for the FBI.
Serrano asked a dispensary owner to give him money in exchange for information about the city’s plans to regulate dispensaries. In addition, the US attorney’s office released that Serrano vowed to use his position as mayor to convince the city to allow the the informant’s dispensary to remain in operation in Santa Fe Springs.
Serrano faces a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
This comes after a similar medical marijuana bribery case in Cudahy, CA. In that case, 3 city officials were found to have accepted $17,000 from an FBI informant in exchange for supporting the opening of a medical marijuana collective in the city.
The US attorney’s office declined to comment on whether the informant in both Santa Fe Springs and Cudahy was the same person.