LOS ANGELES – The City of Vernon’s former city
administrator pleaded guilty today to misappropriation of public
funds and was ordered to repay $60,000 to the city, the District
Attorney’s office announced.
Deputy District Attorney Sean Hassett with the Public Integrity
Division said Bruce Malkenhorst Sr., 76, pleaded guilty to taking
the city money for personal use. In exchange for his plea, a second
count of misappropriation of public funds was dismissed.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy also sentenced
Malkenhorst to three years formal probation and fined him $10,000 in
addition to ordering to pay full restitution to the city.
From Feb. 15, 2000, to June 1, 2005, Hassett said Malkenhorst had
the City of Vernon illegally reimburse him a total of $60,000 that
included eight $99 political contributions and various personal
expenses, such as golf, massages, a personal trainer and a home
Malkenhorst’s plea today completes a case that began in April
2005 when PID launched an investigation into allegations of
corruption in the city. Convicted of voter fraud and other charges
were Vernon’s longtime mayor, Leonis Malburg, his wife and their
Even though all three registered to vote in Vernon, the judge
said none of the Malburg’s lived there. While maintaining apartments
on Leonis Boulevard and 50th Street in Vernon, the family actually
lived in Hancock Park.