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According to wiretaps, Cudahy politicians thought they could control elections

Cudahy mayor David Silva's headshot from the Cudahy city website.
Cudahy mayor David Silva's headshot from the Cudahy city website.
Cudahy city website

The L.A. Times reports Wednesday on wiretap transcripts that show Cudahy officials, currently under investigation by the FBI, apparently discussing tampering with local elections.

Cudahy Councilman Osvaldo Conde, Mayor David Silva, and Head of Parks & Recreation Angel Perales were arrested June 22 on accusations they took bribes in exchange for supporting the opening of a medical marijuana store in Cudahy.

Now, it seems the FBI has expanded the probe to look at allegations of elections fraud. 

Transcripts obtained by the Times quote Perales bragging about delivering "60, 70 people" who could determine the outcome of Conde's election. 

Two political opponents of Conde are also quoted as saying they ran for council to oust the political machine that had developed in Cudahy, and that when they decided to run, bad things started happening. Bricks and rocks were thrown at Luis Garcia's home. A security camera installed after he became nervous about his safety allegedly shows a person heaving a Molotov cocktail at his house, which bounced and landed in Garcia's truck. Both men lost their races.

Officials from the FBI's Los Angeles office were not immediately available for comment.