A year-long investigation by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office resulted in the arrest of Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez on October 17. As reported by The Los Angeles Times, Noguez was charged with bribery and corruption in relation to improper tax breaks for more than 100 wealthy property owners on the Westside since the suspect was elected to the position in 2010.
Prosecutors are alleging that Noguez took a total of $185,000 in bribes for illegally reducing property values for land owners in order to have taxes lowered. In addition, a tax consultant was accused of bribing Noguez for lowering property taxes for his clients and bribing another worker in the assessor's office. Noguez is currently in county jail after having unsuccessful pled for a bail reduction from $1.16 million to $400,000. The assessor has reportedly been charged with dozens of Los Angeles white collar crime counts, including bribery and misappropriation of public funds.
Bribery, both giving and receiving, is illegal under California law. California Penal Code Section 67 states that giving or offering a bribe to any executive officer "with intent to influence him in respect to any act, decision, vote, opinion, or other proceeding as such officer" is a felony and can be punished by two, three, or four years in state prison.
Any employee of the State of California who receives, asks for, or agrees to a bribe to influence his or her opinion or actions, is also a felony punishable by two, three, or four years in state prison, but is also subject to a maximum $10,000 fine and the individual must forfeit his or her office.
Los Angeles bribery defense lawyer Daniel E. Kann has devoted his career to providing defendants with the skilled representation they both need and deserve. To learn more about how the years of success of the legal team at The Law Offices of Daniel E. Kann can help you in your case, call (888) 744-7730.