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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Assessor John Noguez went on leave last week, as he continues to deal with the wide-ranging pay-to-play probe into his office.His replacement, Santos Kreimann, has wasted little time in cleaning house. In a memo to staff today, Kreimann announced that he has reassigned two of Noguez's top lieutenant ... More >>
Assessor John Noguez, who is the target of a "pay-to-play" investigation, said today that he would take a voluntary leave of absence.In a letter to the Board of Supervisors, Noguez said he wanted to restore "public confidence in the professionalism, integrity, and impartiality of the Assessor's Offi ... More >>
Scott Schenter, the former appraiser at the center of the corruption probe into Assessor John Noguez, pleaded not guilty this afternoon to 60 counts of falsifying department documents.After the plea hearing, district attorney investigators returned to the courtroom to ask that Schenter be placed in ... More >>
Updated with booking photo and further detail of the arrest. Scott Schenter, a former appraiser, was arrested this morning and charged with 60 felony counts in connection with a growing corruption investigation at the L.A. County Assessor's Office.Schenter is accused of wrongfully lowering property ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Updated below. The L.A. district attorney's office has opened a public integrity investigation into Assessor John Noguez, as well as into a former appraiser with the assessor's office.
David Demerjian, the head of the D.A.'s public integrity division, confirmed the investigation into Noguez and ... More >>