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L.A. Building & Safety Inspector Sentenced to Prison for Taking Bribes

Fired Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety inspector Raoul Germain, who was caught on camera take bribes, has been sentenced to 21 months in prison.

Germain, 60, was one of two inspectors caught after their “supplemental income” activities were reported to the FBI. According to his attorney, German was “remorseful” but uncooperative with the feds, who are still investigating allegations of corruption in Building and Safety. Attorney Steven Cron said Germain’s lack of cooperation was due to fears for his safety, but perhaps another explanation is that Germain didn’t want to bust his buddies.

U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder imposed the full sentence, rejecting Germain’s claim for leniency due to his “age.”

In my opinion, if you’re young enough to break the law, you’re young enough to accept the consequences.

Hugo Gonzalez, another L.A. Building and Safety inspector caught taking bribes, has yet to be sentenced.

The federal corruption investigation of this powerful Los Angeles agency is ongoing.

Read the original article in the Los Angeles Times.

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