Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido could very well have committed felony conflict-of-interest crimes when he voted in favor of city contracts for an auto parts dealer after he had profited from a property swap with the firm’s owner, according to a city investigative report obtained by Voice of OC.
The report, based on an investigation by former Riverside County District Attorney Grover Trask, found Pulido tried to cover up his real estate transactions with NAPA Orange County Auto Parts owner Rupen James Akoubian, which ultimately netted the mayor a $197,000 profit.
At the very least, the report concludes, Pulido broke the state’s 1974 Political Reform Act on multiple occasions because he did not report the transactions on his financial disclosure statements, known as Form 700s, and voted on a contract for the auto parts store. The penalties for violations of that law could include fines and misdemeanor charges.
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