Crime & Justice

Ex-LA councilman Alarcon gets 4 months in jail for voting fraud

City Councilman Richard Alcaron listens to a fellow member speak during a council meeting at City Hall on June 1, 2012.
City Councilman Richard Alcaron listens to a fellow member speak during a council meeting at City Hall on June 1, 2012.
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A former Los Angeles city councilman has been sentenced to four months in jail for voting fraud and perjury after a judge denied his motion for a new trial.

Richard Alarcon also was ordered Tuesday to do 600 hours of community service and five years of probation. His wife, Flora, was given five years of probation and 400 hours of community service.

The couple was convicted of fraudulent voting and perjury for living outside the district he represented.

Prosecutors were seeking a six-month county jail sentence for Alarcon, followed by 1,000 hours of community service and five years of probation.

Alarcon served on the council from 1993 to 1998 and again from 2007 to 2013. He also had served as a state senator and state assemblyman.