November 27, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two owners of a Miami business who tried to get airport concession contracts have pleaded guilty to laundering campaign contributions to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's 2005 campaign.
Sean Anderson and Richard Manhire, owners of Travel Traders, each pleaded guilty Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court to one misdemeanor count of improperly identifying a campaign contributor. Both men were sentenced to two years of probation.
Villaraigosa's campaign reported the suspected money laundering after prosecutors say $45,000 was delivered by employees and associates of the defendants' company. The employees were reimbursed from company accounts.
Prosecutors say the men told employees they wanted contributions to Villaraigosa to obtain airport contracts.
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