Los Angeles News
LA County Assessor John Noguez gets slight bail reduction
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A judge has agreed to slightly reduce bail for Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez and tax consultant Ramin Salari, who are accused in a public corruption and bribery scandal.
Noguez and Salari had been held on $1.4 million, but their bail was lowered to $1.16 million. It's still unlikely that they will be released. Noguez's attorney says that's still too high for his client to post.
Last week, the judge refused to lower bail and said the men could not post bail until they could show that the money came from a legal source.
Noguez, who was elected in November 2010, is charged with 24 felony counts and is accused of accepting $185,000 in bribes from Salari. Both are charged with conspiracy and misappropriation of public funds, accused of working out illegal deals to reduce property taxes on property that belonged to Salari's clients in exchange for campaign contributions to Noguez. The men have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
A third defendant in the case, chief appraiser Mark McNeil, was released on bail last week. He has also pleaded not guilty.
District Attorney Steve Cooley says Noguez cost tax payers $1.6 million in what is the largest and most significant corruption case in terms of county government that he has ever seen.
arrest, los angeles news, christina salvo
- Glendora yard dug up in 35-year-old cold case 49 min ago
- OC sheriff's reserve sergeant found beaten 40 min ago
- UK attack driven by radical Islam - officials
- Model murder trial: Case in hands of jury
- Bill proposed to reduce night airport noise
- Los Angeles mayoral race: Eric Garcetti wins
- Injured volunteer wants thousands from hiker
- Okla. tornado tore through 13,000 buildings
- abcnews: US IDs 4 Americans killed by drones
- Arias jury stuck but must keep deliberating
- Curious about caviar? Class available in WeHo
- Virgin tops, Spirit flops in airline survey
- OTRC: Critics' Choice Television Awards nominees
- Tornado relief drives: More than $211K raised