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23
Jun

Another Inspector Fired by L.A. Dept. of Building & Safety

A third long-time employee of the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety has been fired after it was determined that he, along with the two prior fired inspectors, had been taking bribes for approving work by contractors.

Albert Acosta, 54, a 27-year employee who earned more than $83,000 annually, was fired for soliciting bribes according to department spokesman David Lara.

Thus far, the corruption probe into the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety has resulted in Hugo Gonzalez, 49, of Eagle Rock and Raoul Germain, 60 of Altadena being fired after pleading guilty to charges of taking bribes. Samuel In, a code enforcement inspector in the department’s Koreatown office, retired after being placed on leave after complaints were made about bribe demands from him. And Frank Rojas, who was in the department’s West Los Angeles office, also quit after being placed on leave.

Robert “Bud” Ovrom, the top executive for the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, has announced that the investigation by the FBI as well as the internal investigation has now been turned to supervisors at Building and Safety.

Read the original article in the Los Angeles Times.

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