Thursday, October 18, 2012

So Crooked, You'll Think You're In Chicago...

LA County assessor arrested in corruption case
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County assessor John Noguez, a top aide and a campaign contributor were arrested Wednesday as part of an investigation into influence peddling and slashing of property taxes for political allies.

District Attorney Steve Cooley called it the most significant case of public corruption he has seen in his four decades in the district attorney's office.
I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader to spot the number of times that Noguez's political affiliation is published in the article (Hint: It's a whole number between -1 and 1)... $185K in bribes in less than one year, all for sending out fradulent tax bills for client of his biggest donor. It's estimated that the loss in taxes was well over a million dollars.

It's amazing in this day and age that folks think they can get away with this sort of thing. Sure, 50 years ago it might have been possible to hide something like this; with the only record being a log book maintained by a trusted friend - or co-conspirator. But when anyone around the world can access information with little more than the touch of a button, it's mystifying how they thought they could get away with defrauding the county of that kind of money.

Of course, they'd need two more Assessors in a row to equal the number of Massachusetts Speakers of the House who have been removed from office...

That is all.

Another dispatch from...
(image courtesy of Robb Allen)


Bubblehead Les. said...

So will LA "Name Names" on the Rich and Powerful who got the lower Tax rates? Or does that only work for Maine Zumba Instructors?

checksix said...

To further the audacity of corruptocrats in LA County and despite the criminal activities of Noguez, there is a county ballot initiative (Measure A) where the selection of the Assessor is to be changed from an elected official to an appointee. So instead of an elected Assessor being held accountable to the citizenry, corruptocrats can bury their illegal or unscrupulous activities behind bureaucracy and further institutionalize their unconstitutional influence over tax payers.

In California we have Article 13A (Prop. 13 from 1978) which limits property tax to 1% of cash value and restricts annual increases to an inflation factor not to exceed 2%. Liberal corruptocrats have been salivating over the years to repeal this or amend it to increase property taxes. I fear that if Measure A ballot comes to pass our property taxes will inevitably skyrocket despite the already overwhelming tax assessments. I certainly hope my fellow citizens see through the deceit and realize the potential negative implications of this initiative and defeat it in the ballot box.

So for those of you in free America, please don't dismiss us, there are still some conservatives in blue states fighting the good fight. God bless America!