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Former Congressional Aide Convicted in Shakedown of Compton Marijuana Dispensary

Former Congressional Aide Convicted in Shakedown of Compton Marijuana Dispensary

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The congressional aide who accepted a bribe of $5,000 was arrested in August, last year. Kimbrew is now convicted.

Michael Kimbrew, the congressional aide who accepted a bribe of $5,000 inside a Compton restaurant menu, was arrested in August of last year. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 4th. It was discovered by the federal government that with the acceptance of the money he assured he would protect a marijuana business which was scheduled to be closed by the city.

Sadly, Kimbrew was unaware that the person he was making the deal with was, in fact, an undercover FBI agent. On Thursday, after a three-day trial and approximately four hours of deliberating, a federal jury found Kimbrew guilty of bribery and attempted extortion.

Rep. Janice Hahn from Compton City Hall was the congress member in which Kimbrew was employed within the position of field representative when the conversations began in 2015. Hahn’s spokesperson stated that Kimbrew was employed for approximately one year before he was dismissed in early 2016.

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The marijuana dispensary in Compton that was issued with a cease and desist order by Federal Government. Image via MyNewsLA.com

Details of the case were released by the authorities

Details of the case were provided by the federal authorities; they stated that Kimbrew entered the dispensary that was due forecloser, under the guise that he was representing the FBI and he was confirming that dispensaries were completing the correct paperwork.

In relation to this particular dispensary, Compton law officials had already issued a cease and desist order. Officials stated that Kimbrew implied that he was there to oversee all the business activities in Compton, stating that his employment with the FBI gave him authority and jurisdiction over the public officials of the city.

Over a period of time, Kimbrew held separate gatherings with the shop proprietors and a government operator acting like their business accomplice inside an office at Compton City Hall, where Hahn leased space for a district office. He made the shop an offer, if they made a deal with him, he could utilize that energy to keep them in business. If not, the shop would be closed down. In return for the installment, Kimbrew likewise consented to enable the shop to secure a lucrative allowance to remain in business.

In May of that year, Kimbrew met with the undercover FBI agent at a restaurant in Compton.

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