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San Diego City Council

San Diego officials convicted of corruption

SAN DIEGO -- A federal jury convicted two San Diego City Council members yesterday of a scheme to take illegal campaign contributions from the owner of a strip club who sought to ease a rule against contact between dancers and customers.

Jurors deliberated less than three days before finding Councilmen Michael Zucchet, who is also the acting mayor, and Ralph Inzunza guilty.

Each could face three to four years in federal prison at sentencing for conspiracy, extortion and wire fraud.

Zucchet and Inzunza, both 35, and Councilman Charles Lewis were indicted two years ago after a lengthy investigation by the FBI and federal prosecutors in Las Vegas and San Diego. Lewis died...

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