Scott Trinidad, the volunteer campaign worker for School Board candidate Steve Ferguson, pled no contest in Burbank Superior Court today to a charge that he stole signs for another candidate.
Trinidad, 30, was caught on surveillance video on February 11, when he took two signs from of a business located in the 1200 block of W. Magnolia Blvd. The video, which was published on BurbankNBeyond.com, led to Trinidad being identified as the person taking the signs.
After an investigation by the Burbank Police Department, the Burbank City Attorney’s office filed a charge of theft with a value of less than $50. Campaign signs cost roughly $4 each. The crime is an infraction, with a maximum fine of $250. Trinidad was fined $200 by the judge, plus penalty assessments. The total of the fine and penalty totaled approximately $950, according to Senior Assistant City Attorney Denny Wei.
Candidate Steve Ferguson was not charged in this case, and has publicly denied any knowledge of Trinidad’s actions. Ferguson further apologized to fellow school board candidate Char Tabet for the theft.
The School Board and City Council election is currently underway as mail in ballots have been sent to Burbank voters. The last day to vote is April 9, before 7 p.m. when ballos not mailed in must be dropped off at designated locations in order to be counted.
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