LA County DA’s Office: Duran Inquiry Still Under Review

John Duran
John Duran

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office has denied rumors circulating among city politicians that it has dropped its inquiry of West Hollywood Councilmember John Duran for alleged misuse of his city-issued credit card.

“We have announced no decision, and the matter remains under review at this time,” DA spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said Thursday (Jan. 17). “I do not anticipate anything will be happening this week.”

The district attorney’s office began an inquiry in March 2011 into alleged misuse of city credit cards by West Hollywood city employees. Duran was being investigated for his use of a city credit card to pay for 128 meals over three years with a total price of about $7,000.

A prominent West Hollywood city official told WEHOville recently that the DA’s office had decided to discontinue investigation of the allegations and had conveyed that decision to West Hollywood City Attorney Mike Jenkins in mid-December. That has sparked a buzz among local political figures.

Repeated calls to Jenkins’ office, and to Duran were not returned. The city clerk has not responded to repeated inquiries by WEHOville regarding this matter.

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marco
marco
7 years ago

Dining at tawny Cecconi’s, Wow! At least he does’t make Weho gov.look like cheapskates. Are truffles deductable?

Sal Gomez
7 years ago

Of course these rumors begin with the principle person at the core of this investigation. John Duran needs to go. PERIOD! End of story!

Me
Me
7 years ago

you really have to feel for him, no?…poor, poor john….he has to be on goverment assistance to provide his lunch….the only difference is, instead of a hunk of cheese and some milk like the peons, he gets to eat at top restaurants courtesy of the taxpayers…..sad, very sad indeed

Anonymous
Anonymous
7 years ago

poor, poor john….you really have to feel for him, no?…he has to be on goverment assistance to provide his lunch….the only difference is, instead of a hunk of cheese and some milk like the peons, he gets to eat at top restaurants courtesy of the taxpayers…..sad, very sad indeed

Woody McBreairty
7 years ago

That it is taking so long gives rise to suspicion. No matter what the “verdict”, West Hollywood is owed a thorough & honest explanation from the DA’s office.

Rudolf Martin
Rudolf Martin
7 years ago

ALL of the people mentioned here that do not return calls are paid by the WeHo taxpayers. they are hired by us and should at least have some kind of serious response to a serious public inquiry.

Riley O'Toole
Riley O'Toole
7 years ago

Is John Duran spreading the rumors because of the upcoming election? Do West Hollywood constituents want a Council member who can’t figure out that spending $7,000.00 of “our” money might not be a good idea? Since Mr. Duran does not believe in term limits, take his advice and VOTE HIM OUT OF OFFICE on March 5, 2013.