Assessor John Noguez will remain behind bars on corruption charges, after a judge today refused to substantially lower his bail.Noguez was arrested last week on 24 counts, including bribery and conspiracy, stemming from allegations that he used his position to give tax breaks to clients of Ramin Sal ... More >>
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 >>
A lot of public officials around here, from former county assessor John Noguez to a pair of city building inspectors, have been accused of gluttony at the taxpayers' buffet.
But authorities say former L.A. city Recreation and Parks official Carol Brandt really did steal lunch money. In fact they al ... More >>
John Noguez, the Los Angeles County Assessor, was arrested this morning on corruption charges, along with his deputy Mark McNeil and controversial tax agent Ramin Salari.
Noguez was taken into custody at his home in Huntington Park. He and his co-defendants face 31 counts related to a wide ranging ... More >>
Assessor John Noguez has agreed to take a leave of absence pending the outcome of a D.A. investigation into corruption allegations. But Noguez is still clinging to the prerogatives of his office, and is not giving up on the possibility of a return.Noguez made that clear on Tuesday, when county chief ... More >>
District Attorney Steve Cooley took his "pay to play" case against Assessor John Noguez to the public on Wednesday, calling on Noguez to resign in numerous TV, radio and print interviews.Cooley's round of publicity was unusual in that no charges have been filed against Noguez, and no charges are exp ... More >>
Assemblyman Mike Gatto is preparing to introduce legislation in response to the alleged "pay-to-play" scandal at the L.A. County Assessor's Office.The bill focuses on tax agents, who are hired by property owners to push for lower appraisals. As the L.A. Weekly has reported, tax agents commonly contr ... More >>
As scandal continues to engulf L.A. County Assessor John Noguez, his office has begun a quiet campaign to reassure the Board of Supervisors that the situation is not as bad as it appears.The head of the effort is West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang, whom Noguez hired in March as a special assistant. ... More >>
The former chief deputy of the L.A. County assessor's office failed to disclose a $255,000 loan from lobbyist Harvey Englander, the L.A. Weekly has learned.Gary Townsend, a veteran political operative who worked in the assessor's office for 22 years, received the loan in 2010 to aid in his purchase ... 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 >>
â€‹Monday, 2, p.m. Updated below with Schenter's termination notice, which details some of the allegations against the former appraiser.Former appraiser Scott Schenter wrongfully lowered property values on 156 parcels, according to a spreadsheet prepared by the L.A. County Assessor's Office.Schenter ... More >>