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Judge orders private investigator to stay away from councilmen
Judge orders private investigator to stay away from councilmen

An Orange County Superior Court judge has ordered a private investigator to stay away from two Costa Mesa councilmen whom he allegedly followed and kept under surveillance in the run-up to local elections in 2012. Scott Alan Impola appeared in court this week to face felony conspiracy and false-imprisonment charges filed by prosecutors earlier this month. Impola is accused of taking part in a plan to dig up dirt on political opponents of the local police union. One of charges stems from the filing of a false DUI report that caused Councilman Jim Righeimer to be detained briefly by an officer who responded to the official’s home to perform a sobriety test, according to prosecutors....

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