Corruption

Los Angeles Tax Assessor Arrested Over Bribes

That would seem to be a temptation-rife job

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Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez accepted $185,000 in bribes and cost taxpayers $1.16 million, according to charges filed Wednesday as part of a yearlong political corruption probe into the office that determines property taxes on more than 2 million homes and businesses.

In announcing charges against Noguez, his aide Mark McNeil and campaign contributor Ramin Salari—all three of whom were arrested Wednesday morning—Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said property taxes were reduced in exchange for contributions.

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