ANGELES – A vice president of Casden Properties, LLC, and 14
subcontractors for the firm pleaded no contest today on an amended
indictment charging them with one count each of money laundering in
a scheme to violate City of Los Angeles campaign financing laws.
Archibald, 54 (dob 10-30-49), of Simi Valley, and the 14
co-defendants entered their pleas to the misdemeanor charge before
Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson and were sentenced to various
fines ranging from $1,000 up to $21,700, said Deputy District
Attorneys Juliet Schmidt and Ricardo Ocampo of the Public Integrity
Division who prosecuted the case. All were placed on three years
probation and ordered not to be involved in any political
fund-raising during that time.
sends a clear message that people who violate the integrity of the
elective process will be held accountable,” said District Attorney
Steve Cooley. He added that while this case has been resolved, any
additional information we receive will be pursued.
and the other defendants were charged in a Nov. 21, 2003 Grand Jury
indictment with one count of conspiracy to commit Los Angeles City
campaign law violations between Sept. 1, 2000, and May 10, 2001. In
exchange for today’s plea, the felony conspiracy count was
indictment alleged Archibald organized efforts to raise illegal
campaign contributions for candidates for city elections. The
indictment named the candidates as mayoral candidate Kathleen
Connell, City Council members Jack Weiss and Wendy Greuel, and City
Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. It was alleged Archibald contacted or met
with other defendants to “improperly solicit illegal campaign
the indictment, the other defendants were to “improperly solicit
their employees, family members, friends and associates and others
to make unlawful campaign contributions…and to illegally reimburse
each employee and other person for the amount of such
contributions.” The indictment alleged that the contributions
exceeded the $1,000 campaign finance limit for contributions of an
individual to any single candidate or campaign. None of the alleged
recipients of the campaign contributions was indicted.
entered a guilty plea through his attorney and was ordered to
complete 250 hours of community service and fined $1,000. Schmidt
said the office wanted Archibald to be personally accountable and
“any fine we believe would have been paid by Casden Properties.”
defendants are all subcontractors for Casden Properties, most of
them working on the La Brea project. They have contacts with Casden
Properties in amounts ranging from $500,000 to $9 million. Their
businesses are spread throughout Southern California.
defendants are: Anthony Boozel, 48 (dob 1-16-1955), of TBCI, a
concrete company, was ordered to pay $8,200 in fines and penalties;
Brian Larrabure, 43 (dob 1-4-1960), of BLF, a framing company, was
ordered to pay $14,950; Jerry Hein, 56 (dob 9-17-1947), of Desert
Roofing, was ordered to pay $8,200; Bruce Shaffer, 61 (dob
10-11-42), of Starlight Showers and Doors, was ordered to pay
$16,200; James Gates, 46 (dob 2-26-57), of Capital Drywall, was
ordered to pay $8,200; and Randall Carpenter, 59 (dob 8-8-1953),
Design Masonry, was ordered to pay $5,500.
defendants are: Gerard Lundgren, 60 (dob 3-6-1943), of Freedom
Paint, was ordered to pay $21,700; David Mercer, 56 (dob 9-3-1947),
of HMK Engineering, was ordered to pay $10,900; William Isaac, 87 (dob
12-1-1915), of Isaac Construction, was ordered to pay $10,900; Ed
Hutcherson, 50 (dob 4-26-1953), of Seems Plumbing, was ordered to
pay $9,550; Simon Rubin, 61 (dob 6-17-1942), of Simon’s Electric,
was ordered to pay $2,800; and Isaac Zaharoni, 63 (dob 5-9-1940), of
Zaharoni Industries, was ordered to pay $8,200.
separate complaints stemming from the same allegations of collecting
contributions and reimbursing employees were Steven Acosta, 47 (dob
5-1-1957), a CPA who owns Acosta & Co. in Los Angeles, and Dimitri
Triphon, 53 (dob 3-16-1951), a Beverly Hills plumber. Both men
pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor court of money laundering.
Acosta was ordered to pay $21,700 and Triphon was ordered to pay
defendants are facing additional fines by the city Ethics Commission
and the state Fair Political Practices Commission.