Former Lynwood Councilmen Convicted

By City News Service

Two former Lynwood city councilmen were convicted Tuesday of misappropriating public funds.

A Compton Superior Court jury deliberated about four days before returning its verdict against Louis Byrd, 80, and Fernando Pedroza, 47, who were immediately taken into custody.

Byrd is facing six years in state prison, while Pedroza faces a five-year term, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

The two were on the city council when they were charged in April 2007 along with former councilman Arturo Reyes, who pleaded guilty in September 2008 to a felony count of grand theft.

Prosecutors said Byrd misappropriated $330,000 for his personal use and that Pedroza misappropriated more than $160,000, including a $1,500 charge by Pedroza on a city credit card to pay for a visit to a gentlemen’s club while on a sister city conference trip in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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August 2, 2012  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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