Former council member Sean Loloee claims he’s innocent in federal court case

(FOX40.COM) — Former Sacramento City Council Member Sean Loloee appeared in court on Monday.

It was Loloee’s first court appearance since his arraignment in December regarding charges against him related to unfair labor practices at the Viva Supermarket grocery stores he owns.

Monday’s court appearance was a status hearing for the judge and the case will be continued on April 29.

Loloee resigned from his District 2 city council seat on Jan. 4, weeks after he was indicted on 25 federal charges.

Federal indictment details: Loloee allegedly threatened employees, issued already-voided paychecks

The former councilman and the general manager of his stores, Karla Montoya, are facing charges including conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Department of Labor, obstruction of agency proceedings and possession and use of false immigration documents.

Loloee is facing additional charges of falsification of records, wire fraud and pandemic relief fraud.

When he walked out the courtroom on Monday, Loloee claimed he’s innocent and is looking for to a trial.

“This case is going to be very important, I believe in my legal team,” Loloee said. “We’ve got the best legal team in the town and this is a case that as I said I’m looking forward to the day in the court because that’s when the truth is going to come out.”

In late October, Loloee’s grocery stores were searched by agents from federal and state agencies.

The December indictment lists Loloee as a Granite Bay resident and a judge directed him to live at a Granite Bay house owned by his wife since he is also barred from speaking with Montoya, whom Loloee said on previous occasions lives in a North Sacramento home where he also claimed to live during his time as a council member.

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