The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office on Tuesday said it is reviewing allegations that Sheriff Alex Villanueva falsely reported a crime when he accused the county’s former chief executive of violating conflict of interest laws in a referral to the state attorney general’s office.

County lawyers disputed Villanueva’s claim against former Chief Executive Sachi Hamai and threatened legal action.

In an Aug. 10 letter obtained by The Times, Lawrence S. Middleton, an attorney representing L.A. County, asked Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey to investigate, alleging that Villanueva knew his accusations were false.

“I am writing to report this conduct and to ask that you investigate and prosecute it as appropriate,” Middleton wrote.

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By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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