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Second L.A. Building & Safety Inspector Pleads Guilty

Following the lead of his colleague, L.A. City Building and Safety inspector Hugo Joel Gonzalez, 49, of Eagle Rock pleaded guilty to one count of soliciting and accepting bribes. Two weeks ago, Raoul Germain, 60, of Altadena entered the same plea.

As inspectors in South Los Angeles, both men yielded power in approving or denying work performed by developers. It was the employee of one developer, tired of paying Gonzalez’ and Germain’s bribes, who became an FBI informant, turning the two well-paid inspectors into now-former L.A. City employees.

As a result of the informant’s efforts to stamp out “systemic” bribery there, the Department of Building and Safety must now respond to three subpoenas from a federal grand jury.

Read the original article in the Los Angeles Times.

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