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Second L.A. Building & Safety Inspector Sentenced to Prison

Forty-nine year-old Hugo Gonzalez, a now-former Los Angeles Building and Safety inspector, has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for demanding and taking bribes. Gonzalez’ co-worker, Raoul Germain, 60, received the same sentence last week.

Gonzalez was was recorded by an undercover FBI investigator as well as a confidential informant, who reported that bribery and corruption at Building and Safety were “systemic.”

U.S. District Court Judge Christina A. Snyder required Gonzalez to repay the $9,000 he had taken in bribes related to a construction project in South Los Angeles.

A federal grand jury issued a subpoena in April regarding a dozen Building and Safety employees, including Germain and Gonzalez. The FBI’s investigation is ongoing.

Read the original article in the Los Angeles Times.

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