Former Lynwood officials sentenced to prison for corruption

By Stefani Camille
Streetgangs.com Staff Writer
September 27, 2012 | 1:01 p.m


Last Friday, two ex-Lynwood officials, Louis Byrd, 80, and Fernando Pedroza, 47, were in front of Compton Superior Court Judge Eleanor Hunter to be sentenced to prison for corruption.

Byrd and Pedroza were charged in 2007 after a four-year investigation, along with three other former council members. The men were convicted in July after a month-long trial during which prosecutors argued that they broke the law by accepting tens of thousands of dollars in stipends for sitting on city commissions that appeared to do little, if any, work.

The two ex-councilmen were sentenced to state prison. Byrd was sentenced to five years and Pedroza, to four years. It was revealed in court that both men took a total of $490,000 for personal use.

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