FBI Questions Mother Goose Celebrity Funds: Report

Booking agent questioned by FBI regarding former El Cajon councilwoman

Thursday, May 10, 2012  |  Updated 8:37 AM PDT
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The sudden resignation of an El Cajon councilwoman may be linked to the city's annual Mother Goose parade. 

According to the Union Tribune, the FBI questioned a Palm Springs booking agent regarding former Councilwoman Jillian Hanson-Coxand and how she paid for celebrities to attend the parade a few years ago.

Hanson-Cox was president for the Mother Goose Parade and brought in stars like Mario Lopez and Catherine McPhee. She was also El Cajon's deputy mayor.

Click here for a gallery of the celebrities spotted at the Mother Goose Parade.

However there are few paper trails how she paid for them.

For the 2007 parade, Steve Gerard helped Hanson-Cox book 33 celebrities. Gerard told the UT he was surprised at Hanson-Cox's willingness to pay for those celebrities' appearance fees -- some of which reached up to $10,000.

Back in March, NBC 7 reported Hanson-Cox resigned just weeks after her home was searched by federal agents.

Hanson-Cox wrote a letter to the mayor and council members saying recent events have “given rise to a burden and demand” on her time.

The FBI would not comment about the investigation in March.

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