November 22, 2022

Ex-LADWP head confesses to accepting hush money in charging outrage

The previous top of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power — the country’s biggest city utility — has consented to confess to accepting hush money in a debasement embarrassment that outgrew a computerized charging catastrophe that stuck ratepayers with excessive bills, government investigators said Monday.

David Wright, 62, conceded in court papers that he plotted with a legal advisor recruited to assist with settling the charging disaster and covertly pushed through a three-year, $30 million no-bid contract for an organization the lawyer made, as per an assertion from the U.S. Lawyer’s Office in Los Angeles.

The water and power office endorsed the agreement in June 2017, yet Wright didn’t uncover that he intended to resign and join the organization as CEO for a $1 million-a-year pay and an extravagance vehicle, the assertion said.

Wright’s lawyer, Anthony Pacheco, didn’t quickly react Monday evening to a messaged demand for input .

Wright, who faces as long as 10 years in jail, is planned to show up in court Friday.

The assertion from government investigators said he consented to the request arrangement last month before examiners reported charges against the legal counselor, Paul Paradis, whose organization got the no-bid contract.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti eliminated Wright from his occupation in 2019 after the FBI struck the water and power division and other city workplaces, months before his normal takeoff date.

Paradis last week consented to confess to one count of pay off. He had been employed by the city lawyer’s office in the charging debacle that left countless utility clients with unnecessarily high bills.

Examiners said Wright educated Paradis, after he started secretively helping out the FBI, to annihilate implicating messages and instant messages, the assertion from investigators said.

At a certain point, Paradis conveyed Wright’s cleaned cellphone and a “burner” cellphone for him to use in a stealthy dead-drop move, the assertion said, so they could keep on imparting.