LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two Florida businessmen have been charged
with laundering about $25,000 in political donations to Los Angeles
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's 2005 campaign.
Los Angeles County prosecutors said Wednesday that
Villaraigosa's campaign staff reported suspicions about the
contributions and cooperated with investigators.
Deputy District Attorney David Demerjian says the owners of
Miami-based Travel Traders, which operates airport concessions, met
with Villaraigosa in September 2004, when he was running for mayor.
Prosecutors allege that business owners Sean Anderson and
Richard Manhire collected $1,000 checks from employees, who were
reimbursed with cash. Prosecutors say the men told employees they
wanted contributions to Villaraigosa to obtain airport contracts.
There was no immediate response to messages left with Travel
Traders requesting comment on the charges.