LA Instances Documents Cannabis Players Providing Bribes To Public Officials In CA

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Here’s a snippet of the LA Instances report which is effectively worth a study in its entirety  at

https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-pot-corruption-20190317-story.html

Final year, Jermaine Wright, then the mayor pro tem of Adelanto, was charged with agreeing to accept a bribe to rapidly-track a marijuana organization. Wright’s trial is scheduled for August. In May possibly, FBI agents served search warrants at the property of Wealthy Kerr, who was mayor of Adelanto at the time, as effectively as at City Hall and a marijuana retailer.

Final March, a federal jury reached guilty verdicts to bribery and extortion charges against Michael Kimbrew, who was a field representative to then-Rep. Janice Hahn when he accepted money from an undercover FBI agent whilst pledging his “undying support” to defend a marijuana dispensary that the city of Compton was attempting to close.

On Tuesday, developer Dorian Gray was held to answer by a judge in a preliminary hearing on charges of providing bribes to then-Oakland City Council President Larry Reid and Assistant City Administrator Greg Minor, according to court records. Gray allegedly provided the councilman money to assist acquire a cannabis dispensary permit, and Reid reported the give to authorities. Gray is charged with providing Minor, who oversees marijuana permitting for Oakland, a cost-free trip to Spain.

Reid mentioned he was offended by the give produced by Gray in his City Hall workplace, and reported it to the city administrator’s workplace.

“He (Gray) mentioned he had an envelope with $10,000 and my name on it in his pocket, and I told him I do not operate that way,” Reid mentioned. “Everybody thinks they can grow to be an immediate millionaire by obtaining a dispensary permit.”

Autumn Paine, an lawyer for Gray, mentioned the two city officials provided “wildly different” stories about what occurred.

As for the allegation of bribery against Gray, “He completely denies that,” she mentioned.

An lawyer for Laitinen declined comment beyond noting that she pleaded “not guilty.” Yang has also denied the charge in court, but his lawyer did not return calls for comment.

An lawyer for Wright declined comment.

Not all of the current situations involve elected officials. Los Angeles CountySheriff’s Deputy Marc Antrim pleaded guilty two weeks ago to federal charges stemming from his arrest for robbing a warehouse of a half-ton of marijuana in October.

 

Here’s a small info on the Adelento Case

 

 

eight November 2018 Report from the SB Sun

Adelanto councilman accused of taking $10,000 bribe, hiring man to burn down his restaurant

Adelanto Councilman Jermaine Wright was arrested Tuesday, Nov. 7, and appeared in Riverside federal court Wednesday, Nov. eight, to answer to federal charges that he took a $10,000 money bribe and that he hired a man to burn down his restaurant to gather insurance coverage income, according to the U.S. Attorney’s workplace.

Wright is accused of asking for and accepting a $10,000 bribe from an undercover FBI agent, who told Wright he wanted his assist “navigating city rezoning and code enforcement concerns associated to a supposed marijuana transportation organization,” the criminal complaint study.

The complaint, filed Monday, also alleges Wright paid yet another undercover FBI agent $1,500 to burn down his barbeque restaurant, Fat Boyz Grill, at 11619 Rancho Road.

“I’m really disappointed. I didn’t know he was conniving and carrying out points behind the scenes like that,” Adelanto Councilman Charley Glasper mentioned in a phone interview Wednesday. “What he did was completely uncalled for if it is accurate. I wouldn’t anticipate somebody of his caliber to be participating in a thing like that.”

Mayor Wealthy Kerr could not right away be reached for comment, but a statement from an Adelanto spokesman on behalf of city officials study, “We’re sad to find out about the situations involving Mayor Pro Tem Jermaine Wright, but we want our residents and enterprises to know that absolutely nothing adjustments in the city. We will continue to provide the finest doable solutions our constituents deserve, and we will cooperate to the fullest extent with the authorities in their investigation into the matter involving Mr. Wright, and hope for a speedy resolution.”

Reached by phone Wednesday, Councilman John “Bug” Woodard hung up when he was told the contact was about Wright and if he wished to comment.

Wearing a black T-shirt with an American flag emblazoned on the front, Wright appeared in U.S. District Court in Riverside Wednesday for a detention hearing. His appointed counsel, Federal Deputy Public Defender Angela Viramontes, requested the detention hearing be postponed till Monday, Nov. 13. Magistrate Judge Kenly Kiya Kato granted the request, ordering Wright to stay in custody and return to court at 1 p.m. Monday, when she mentioned she will choose irrespective of whether or not Wright will be released on bond.

Viramontes declined to comment just after Wednesday’s hearing.

 

And a lot more on McTigue……..

Patrick McTigue arrested and booked for industrial bribery

https://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2018/05/patrick-mctigue-arrested-and-booked-for.html

Patrick William McTigue was arrested by HCSO yesterday afternoon on a Ramey warrant,booked at two:15 p.m. and released on bail bond at six:46 p.m. He is charged with a violation of Computer641.three (a), industrial bribery.

Bail was $75,000.

I have written several posts on a Patrick McTigue, who employed to operate at the Developing and Organizing Division for the County of Humboldt. His middle initial is William. He was on a leave of abscence. My initial post was about alleged kickbacks from growers attempting to go by means of the permit method.

I have contacted HCSO for a booking photo. HCSO PIO Samantha Karges is going to release info later this morning.

I have also contacted several individuals at the County for comment, such as John Ford.

Initially District Supervisor Rex Bohn is the 1st to respond from the County. He confirmed what I had heard, McTigue is out on medical  leave. “Been a lengthy investigation. Shaking down cannabis permit applicants for faster permitting.”

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