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San Bernardino County

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2013: Supervisor Paul Biane was charged with, among other things, conspiracy to commit a crime, bribery, conflict of interest, tax fraud, tax evasion, perjury and forgery. He has denied the charges, which centered on a nearly three-year corruption probe into San Bernardino County’s landmark $102 million settlement with Rancho Cucamonga developer Colonies Partners LP.

More info here, from the San Bernardino Sun. 

2011-13: Former County Supervisor Paul Antoine Biane, indicted on May 10, 2011, on charges of bribery, extortion and misappropriation of public funds, along with James Erwin, a former assistant county assessor and former chief of staff to Supervisor Neil Derry, and Mark Kirk, a former chief of staff to Supervisor Gary Ovitt. The case involved flood-control easements in the middle of a large retail and housing development in Upland.

Phil Willon, “Ex-San Bernardino County Supervisor and Three Others Indicted,” Los Angeles Times, May 11, 2011, page AA-1

2011: Supervisor Neil Derry, accused of laundering campaign contributions through a political action committee controlled by former County Assessor Bill Postmus, perjury and filing a false report. Postmus pleaded guilty to 14 felonies, including accepting a bribe and possession of narcotics. Four other former county officials, including Jim Erwin, former assistant assessor, were also charged. Derry’s misdemeanor conviction was dismissed after he had served a probationary period.

“Neil Derry Charged in Corruption Case,” The Press-Enterprise, April 26, 2011

Joe Nelson, “Judge Dismisses Former San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry’s Misdemeanor Conviction,” The Sun-News, March 19, 2013

2005: James Hlawek, county administrative officer from 1994 to 1998, pleaded guilty to accepting bribes and was fined and placed on probation. He also had to do community service.

Ashley Powers, “Former County Chief Sentenced in Bribery Case,” Los Angeles Times, November 30, 2005

Dug Begley and Imran Ghori, “History of Scandal Hard to Outrun, Officials, Experts Say,” The Press-Enterprise, May 14, 2011

2004: Supervisor Gerald R. Eaves pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate California’s Political Reform Act by failing to disclose gifts. He was sentenced to three years of informal probation and a $10,000 fine.

Hugo Martin, “Eaves Pleads Guilty, Avoids Prison,” Los Angeles Times, January 22, 2004

1894: Sheriff James P. Booth and ex-Sheriff E.C. Seymour, then a state senator, both charged with five counts of swearing falsely to bills against the state for the transportation of prisoners sentenced to State prison and insane asylums, netting them each about $2,000 a year in excess of what they were legally entitled to. The indictments were voided when testimony showed that one of the grand jurors was an ex-felon.

“Indictment of Southern Sheriffs,” San Francisco Call, January 20, 1894, page 1

“An Expensive Luxury,” Los Angeles Herald, January 26, 1894, page 1

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