Updated at the bottom with how Noguez and Salari pleaded today. First posted at 1:26 p.m. Wednesday.
Assessor John Noguez took $185,000 in bribes from tax agent Ramin Salari in exchange for reduced property tax assessments for Salari's clients, according to a criminal complaint filed today.Noguez, ... More >>
The L.A. County D.A.'s Office has opened an inquiry into Montebello Councilman Jack Hadjinian, who accepted a $5,000 contribution from tax agent Ramin Salari last year, while serving on the county's Assessment Appeals Board.The D.A.'s Office has been looking into an alleged pay-to-play scandal at th ... More >>
Updated below with more details from yesterday's raid.Investigators from the L.A. County district attorney's office served search warrants at 12 locations this morning as part of an investigation of alleged corruption at the county assessor's office.The D.A. is investigating allegations of bribery a ... More >>
An aide to Assessor John Noguez wrote a memo last year in which he sharply criticized two colleagues for opposing Ramin Salari, the tax agent at the heart of an ongoing D.A. probe of the Assessor's Office.In the memo, Mark McNeil, a longtime ally of Noguez's and the chief of his office's Major Prope ... More >>
Ramin Salari, the tax agent at the center of a district attorney's probe, fought back today against allegations that he wields undue influence over Assessor John Noguez.At a tax appeal hearing at the county Hall of Administration, Salari took aim at his most prominent accuser: David Zoraster. Zor ... More >>