Former Councilman Richard Alarcon, Wife Guilty of Voter Fraud, Perjury

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Richard Alarcon, left, and his wife, Flora Montes de Oca Alarcon, at the couple’s perjury trial in downtown L.A. on July 8. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

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Former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife were convicted Wednesday of some but not all voter-fraud and perjury charges brought in a case that accused them of lying about where they lived so he would be qualified to run for his council seat.

A seven-woman, five-man jury delivered the split verdicts to Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge George G. Lomeli. The couple was accused of claiming to live in a Panorama City house that was under repair, when they actually lived in a larger, nicer home in Sun Valley, outside his 7th District.

State and city election law requires candidates to live in the district they seek to represent.

Alarcon, 60, was convicted of three voter-fraud charges and one perjury charge, but acquitted on 12 other counts. His wife, Flora Montes de Oca, was convicted of two voting charges and one perjury count.

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