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Anaheim's Angel Stadium deal in jeopardy following FBI allegations

Anaheim's mayor is alleged to have provided confidential information to the Angels during negotiations over the stadium propertyGetty Images

The city of Anaheim has been thrust into the "middle of a burgeoning public corruption scandal," as the allegations "have imperiled" the city’s planned $320M sale of Angel Stadium to the Angels, according to a front-page piece by Fenno, Elmahrek & San Roman of the L.A. TIMES. FBI recorded conversations filed in court this week are part of the "recent turmoil" in Anaheim that "revolves around Angel Stadium." FBI special agent Brian Adkins in a search warrant affidavit alleged that Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu "provided confidential information to the Angels on at least two occasions during the city’s negotiations with the team over the 150-acre stadium property and obstructed an Orange County Grand Jury investigation into the deal." Adkins wrote that Sidhu "hoped to solicit $1 million in campaign contributions from the Angels in exchange for his help." The affidavit -- which shows the FBI suspects Sidhu of "bribery, fraud, obstruction of justice and witness tampering" -- does not "accuse the Angels of any wrongdoing or indicate the team knew about his plan." The city in a news release Monday described the federal investigation as a "review related to the proposed sale of Angel Stadium." The city two days later followed it up with an "unusual release announcing that three City Council members had sent a letter to Sidhu’s attorney seeking the mayor’s resignation because of the probe 'stemming from independent actions he may have taken' relating to the stadium deal" (L.A. TIMES, 5/19).

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