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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
USCJoe McKnight.Joe McKnight, a star tailback at USC, has been driving an SUV owned by a Santa Monica businessman, an arrangement that would be against NCAA rules, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The paper states that a reporter has seen the player behind the wheel at least once, and that the ... More >>
USCJoe McKnight.A commenter who says he's the Santa Monica businessman who registered an SUV that the Los Angeles Times reports has been driven by USC star tailback Joe McKnight denied providing the vehicle the player in a post responding to to LA Weekly's own item on the matter Saturday.
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