Note: there are earlier articles/postings in the California Real Estate Fraud Report about the public corruption investigations by federal authorities involving Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety employees.
Samuel In, 65, a 37-year employee of the L.A. Department of Building and Safety, has agreed to plead guilty to one count of felony bribery that was filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The charge stemmed from a 2008 occasion when he accepted a cash bribe of $5,000 he solicited from a Koreatown man who needed assistance from In’s agency. He is the third employee to have been criminally prosecuted in the past two years.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Akrotirianakis, In, who was a senior inspector, admitted taking more than $30,000 of bribes in the area of Koreatown. He used his Korean-language skills and his position of authority to take advantage of Koreans whose English-speaking skills were limited.
Samuel In, who retired in May 2011, just two days after LADBS General Manager Robert “Bud” Ovrom put him on administrative leave, told the L.A. Times “I always sleep with peace” when he first denied taking bribes.
For my part, as a taxpayer, I’d like to see public employees who plead guilty to felony charges of public corruption or are convicted of such, to completely lose their pensions.
I also believe that the investigations by the feds into corruption at the L.A. Department of Building and Safety don’t even begin to scratch the surface of bribe-demanding, bribe-taking, influence-peddling and corruption that have occurred for decades at this agency.
Read the original article in the Los Angeles Times.