Roosevelt Franklin Dorn, 74, Inglewood, California, the former mayor, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of conflict of interest.
Dorn was charged in June 2008 in connection with a low-interest loan he obtained through the City of Inglewood in 2004. Prosecutors said Dorn had a law modified in order to become eligible for a city residence incentive program that offered low-interest housing to executive non-elected municipal employees. The change in the law extended the program to elected officials.
Dorn went on to obtain a $500,000 loan through the program in November 2004. It was alleged that some of the funds were used to pay off his residence in Inglewood, California, and the rest went into his bank account.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge George Lomeli immediately sentenced Dorn to two years probation and ordered him to pay a $1,000 fine. Dorn, who resigned last night as mayor of Inglewood, California is precluded for the rest of his life from holding public office as a result of the conviction.
Deputy District Attorneys Juliet Schmidt and Max Huntsman of the Public Integrity Division prosecuted the case.