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L.A. Building & Safety Inspectors Busted for Taking Bribes

Two of L.A.’s not-so-finest have been arrested on suspician of taking bribes as inspectors for the L.A. Department of Building and Safety in South Los Angeles.

Hugo Joel Gonzalez and Raoul Joseph Germain were arrested by the FBI after an informant, who is  a work site manager for a large residential property developer, called to report “systemic” corruption at the L.A. Department of Building and Safety. The informant said he had paid bribes to Building and Safety inspectors over 40 times and that it was necessary to do so to get them to approve projects without delays.

Gonzalez and Germain were hardly underpaid, exploited civil servants. Gonzalez earned $88,000 / year and Germain $90,000 in addition to their alleged sideline in bribe-taking.

Assistant U.S. Atty. Joseph Akrotirianakis of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section  is prosecuting the case.

Read the original article in the Los Angeles Times.

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