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L.A. Building & Safety Inspector Pleads Guilty to Taking Bribes

One of two inspectors for the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to one count of taking bribes.

Inspector Raoul Joseph Germain, 60, of Altadena, confessed to taking a $6,000 from an undercover agent who posed as a contractor in South Los Angeles. The bribe was for signing off on four houses for which Germain admitted he had never been on site.

Germain’s fellow defendant defendant, Hugo Joel Gonzalez, 49, of Eagle Rock, is set for a trial date in June for taking $9,000 in bribes. Both men were arrested after an informant for a developer complained to the FBI that the developer was being routine shaken down by the two inspectors.

The two men received $85,000 – $90,000 salaries plus benefits. Hopefully Germain will not only be fired, but lose his pension as well, as there should be no reward for public corruption.

Read the full article in the Daily News.

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