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.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.
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.
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.
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