Originally Posted by icevenom
I'm assuming it was a "Paying the amount admits wrong doing". Which I bet his lawyer told him not to do. I'm just speculating...
Apparently ignoring a problem doesn't make it go away... go figure (sarcasm).
No, it didn't amount to squat (certainly not guilt) if he repaid it.
If he said 'oops, my mistake, didn't mean to do anything improper' and handed over the cash then it would have died then and there. Hell, even if he had just taken a walk when ever the issue came up in city council he would have been fine.