A judge on Friday sentenced former Los Angeles city commissioner Leland Wong to five years in state prison for his role in a "pay to play" corruption scandal that plagued the administration of former Mayor James Hahn.
Wong was found guilty last summer on 14 of the 21 felony counts brought against him in a case that focused heavily on his work for Evergreen, a Taiwan-based shipping company that had been seeking a lucrative lease at the Port of Los Angeles.
Evergreen retained Wong as a $5,000-per-month consultant in 2002 and 2003, while he was serving as a commissioner overseeing Los Angeles World Airports, an agency that was crafting a complicated deal involving both Evergreen at the harbor and Evergreen's air cargo company at the airport.
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