A California city and its several officials are being sued for allegedly taking part in a bribery and corruption scheme that led to an elderly man dying of cancer and being left with debt after purchasing a cannabis manufacturing permit, reported San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
David Ju and his attorney David Torres-Siegrist filed a federal lawsuit last week naming the city of Baldwin Park and six of its former officials as defendants under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) alleging that they acted together in the scam.
Attorney Torres-Siegrist said in the lawsuit that the six city workers conspired to swindle his client.
"These individuals acted in concert to orchestrate a swindle on an elderly man dying of cancer who poured his life savings into a venture that was destined for failure from the get-go and nothing more than a collusive scheme marred by bribery and corruption," Torres-Siegrist, who first filed a claim seeking damages on Ju's behalf last year, wrote in the lawsuit.
Background: In 2018, Ju agreed to purchase the cannabis development agreement previously awarded by the Baldwin Park City Council to a company known as Tier One Consulting, even though under the city's laws, no transfers of ownership interests …