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Former Assembly Candidate Tran Could Face Additional Charges

The government has filed papers that would open the door for prosecutors to charge John Tran with extortion and either witness tampering or making false statements to a government agency.

Just days after John Tran got the OK to retract his bribery guilty plea, prosecutors are seeking additional charges against the former 49th Assembly candidate.

Questioning the credibility of an FBI informant, Tran, who ended his campaign upon his February arrest, filed a motion to rescind his guilty plea, and a federal judge approved the request Monday.

The Pasadena Star-News reported the government has filed court papers requesting a federal judge find a breach of contract due to the withdrawal of the plea agreement; That would open the door for prosecutors to also charge Tran with extortion and either witness tampering or making false statements to a government agency.

Tran is accused of accepting more than $10,000 in bribes from a real estate developer while serving on the Rosemead City Council.

Tran faced ten years in prison in a plea bargain he brokered in March. 

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