SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A private detective who tried to frame a Costa Mesa city councilman for driving under the influence has been sentenced to a year in jail.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise says Christopher Lanzillo of Lake Arrowhead was sentenced on Friday. He pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and conspiracy to file a false police report.
Lanzillo, a former Riverside police officer, acknowledged he was involved in making a false DUI 911 call about Righeimer and planting a tracking device on the mayor’s car.
The police union has denied knowing about any illegal actions.