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Lake Forest City Councilman Faces Domestic Violence Charges

Lake Forest City Councilman Faces Domestic Violence Charges

Lake Forest Councilman Benjamin Yu. (Courtesy of Lake Forest City Council)

City News Service

City News Service

7/21/2023

Updated: 7/21/2023

A Lake Forest City Councilman was charged with allegations of domestic violence, according to court records obtained on July 21.
Benjamin Yu, 40, was charged on July 7 with corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant and false imprisonment, both misdemeanors, according to court records. He is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 23 in the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach.
The criminal complaint alleges he committed corporal injury on June 27 and false imprisonment on July 1.
Irvine police arrested Mr. Yu for driving under the influence of alcohol on Oct. 11, 2021, and he was charged with two DUI misdemeanor counts in that case. He was granted diversion for military veterans on May 23 and has a court date on Aug. 3 to show proof of enrollment in the military diversion program, according to court records.
Mr. Yu’s attorney, William Grant Bettencourt, did not immediately respond to messages for comment.
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