10:00 PM PST on Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge Wednesday delayed sentencing of former assistant county assessor Adam Aleman for six months, giving him time to testify in upcoming corruption trials.

Aleman is one of five former assessor’s officials, including former assessor Bill Postmus, facing criminal charges following a corruption investigation by the district attorney’s office.

The delay, until June 22, was expected because of a plea deal Aleman agreed to in July 2009 that requires him to testify against his former boss and colleagues.

As part of the deal, Aleman pleaded guilty last year to vandalism, theft, destroying public documents and filing a false claim. Those felony charges will be reduced to misdemeanors if a judge is satisfied that he has testified truthfully and completely.

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