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Former City Official Pleads Guilty to Using Public Funds for Wedding

August 24, 1996

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ First Charles ``Chuck″ Conn said ``I do.″ Then he said ``I did.″

The former assistant city manager of South Pasadena pleaded guilty Thursday to using $12,250 in public funds to pay for his wedding.

``He wanted to have a nice wedding for his wife,″ said Jon Crosley, Conn’s attorney. ``It’s not a case of theft of money, but really a case of love.″

Conn, who resigned Aug. 5, has already paid back the money he took from the Association of Local Transit Administrators. Judge Terry Smerling placed him on probation for five years, ordered him to pay $2,200 in fines and serve 400 hours of community service.

Conn, who earned $82,428 annually, confessed to investigators three weeks ago that he put public money into his personal account. He told police he had ``ruined his own career.″

Crosley said Conn will look for a new job.

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