HUNTINGTON PARK : Ex-Official Gets Jail for Embezzlement

Former city official Rudolfo E. Munoz has been sentenced to 90 days in County Jail and ordered to repay $24,000 he embezzled from the city in 1989 and 1990.

Munoz, 31, was the city's assistant director of development when he pocketed more than $24,000 in in-lieu parking fees from developers Manouchehr and Amir Masjedi, who were constructing a building at 6363 Pacific Blvd., said Efrem M. Grail, deputy district attorney with the Special Investigations Unit.

Munoz pleaded guilty in October to one felony count of embezzlement, falsification and misappropriation of accounts by a public officer, a crime punishable by up to four years in state prison, Grail said.

Munoz has paid $8,000 in restitution. His sentence includes five years' probation and his guilty plea prohibits him from ever again holding public office in the state.

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