Villaraigosa donor faces up to $184,000 in fines for illegal contributions

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa attends the National Clean Energy Summit 2.0 at the Cox Pavilion at UNLV August 10, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The L.A. Ethics Commission will meet Tuesday to decide how large a fine to deliver to a Koreatown real estate developer who allegedly made illegal contributions to the 2009 re-election campaign of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

The Los Angeles Times says Alexander Hugh could face up to $184,000 in fines. Hugh was indicted earlier this year on charges that he conspired to circumvent campaign contribution limits, procured false documents and committed forgery.

The Ethics Commission reports show Hugh asked 18 donors to give a combined $18,000 to Villaraigosa and then reimbursed each of them. City law limits contributions in mayoral campaigns to $1,000 per donor per election cycle.

According to the Times, Hugh requested leniency in his sentence because he has been "deeply" humiliated by all the publicity he's received surrounding the case.

The five-member Ethics Commission is responsible for enforcing campaign finance law and city ethics to help promote fairness and transparency in city elections and government decisions.

Prosecutors say they have no evidence that Villaraigosa knew of Hugh's activities.

Audio: KPCC's Frank Stoltze.

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