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Corruption charges filed against San Bernardino Board of Supervisors officials

California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. and San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos announced this morning that they are filing of criminal charges against former Chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors William Postmus and James Erwin, former Chief of Staff to Supervisor Neil Derry for the following crimes in relation to a $102 million land deal:

Postmus was charged with five felony counts, including:

– Conspiracy to Commit a Crime (Penal Code Section 182)
– Accepting a Bribe (Penal Code Section 86)
– Supervisor Accepting a Bribe (Penal Code Section 165)
– Conflict of Interest (Government Code Section 1090)
– Misappropriation of Public Funds (Penal Code Section 424)

James Erwin:

– Conspiracy to Commit a Crime (Penal Code Section 182)
– Two counts of Corrupt Influencing (Penal Code Section 85)
– Two counts of Offering a Bribe to a Supervisor (Penal Code Section 165)
– Two counts of Extortion to Obtain an Official Act (Penal Code Section 518)
– Misappropriation of Public Funds (Penal Code Section 424)
– Forgery (Penal Code Section 470)

The Attorney General’s complaint charges that Erwin took $100,000 for :inducing the Board of Supervisors to pay $102 million of taxpayer’s money to Colonies, a development company, in a fraudulent settlement and that Postmus took a $100,000 bribe for his vote to approve it”. According to AG Brown:

“These individuals engaged in conspiracy, corruption and bribery that cost San Bernardino taxpayers more than $100 million,” Brown said. “This is one of the most appalling corruption cases ever seen in California, and we will aggressively pursue this conspiracy until all of the facts are exposed.”

Here is the link to the criminal complaint.

Read the press release on the Attorney General’s Website.

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