Richardson Left Car Bills Unpaid

June 6, 2008

Car trouble takes on a new meaning when it comes to financially distressed Congresswoman Laura Richardson.

In 2005, when she was still on the Long Beach City Council, she left one mechanic in a lurch with an unpaid bill, then later had her badly damaged BMW towed to an auto body shop but didn’t pay for any work and abandoned the car there, owners of the businesses said this week.

The next day, Richardson began using a city-owned vehicle – putting almost 31,000 miles on it in about a year – and continued driving the car five days after she had left the council to serve in the state Assembly, city records show.

Read more: (Paul Eakins, “37th District Rep. Laura Richardson Left Car Bills Unpaid,” Press-Telegram, 6/6/08)