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L.A. City Housing Employee Fired for Taking Bribes

Another Los Angeles City employee has been fired for corruption, but unlike private sector employees who lose their jobs for dishonesty, will nevertheless be able to console herself with her pension.

Eun Chavis, a clerk typist at the Los Angeles Housing Department, was charged in 2010 with 11 felony bribery counts in connection with demanding bribes of at least $43,000  from Korean-American landlords to fix their problems with the City.  For her crimes, Chavis was allowed to plead no contest to just one felony count, spent less than a month in County jail, finished her sentence in the comfort of her home with a monitoring bracelet and retains her $31,056-a-year city pension.

And the City says it is broke . . .

Her husband, Frank Max Chavis, will face five bribery counts of his own if he is ever caught and extradited from South Korea.

On the other hand, at least one of Eun Chavis’ victims has lost his apartment building to foreclosure. Nobody is paying him a $31,056 annuity.

If you are unhappy with the result prosecutors from the L.A. County District Attorney’s  Office got on behalf of their victims – including taxpayers – you are not alone. Lt. Matthew St. Pierre, head of the LAPD Commercial Crimes Division, said that in his opinion, “The punishment didn’t fit the crime.”

Read the original article in the Los Angeles Times.

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