The charges follow a 15-month investigation by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office from allegations that Alarcon illegally lied about the location of his residence.
According to the Times: “Prosecutors served search warrants in January on two homes owned by Alarcon’s wife, Flora Montes de Oca (one in Panorama City, which Alarcon claimed as his residence, and another in Sun Valley.)
“The latter house is outside Alarcon’s district and is in a neighborhood represented by Councilman Paul Krekorian.”
Lying about residency can be prosecuted as a felony. Alarcon has maintained that he did not break the law.
An earlier report from the Times on Wednesday stated that fellow councilmember, Janice Hahn, received a handwritten note from Alarcon asking his fellow council to keep an open mind and that he planned to work very hard for the city of Los Angeles.
The indictment was handed down Friday and unsealed by Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza this afternoon.