06:27 PM PST on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

Upland Mayor John Pomierski, who has been under investigation by the FBI, resigned from office Tuesday.

His departure comes eight months after FBI and IRS agents searched his home and Upland City Hall as part of a federal investigation. Federal officials have declined to comment on the investigation.

Pomierski offered no explanation in a resignation letter addressed to Mayor Pro Tem Brendan Brandt, who will take over the duties of mayor. A woman who answered Pomierski’s home phone said he would not be available for comment.

Earlier this month, the U.S. attorney’s office filed charges against two individuals as part of its investigation into corruption in Upland. Days later, the men — Jason Roy Crebs and Anthony Orlando Sanchez — entered plea agreements, according to court records. The agreements are sealed.

A two-page indictment states that between Aug. 4, 2009, and June 10, 2010, Crebs and Sanchez aided a public official to “corruptly solicit, demand, accept and agree to accept a thing of value” worth at least $5,000 to benefit from city transactions. It was given by someone described only as “R.M.”

A court document lists the charges as obstructing justice and soliciting bribes.

According to a separate court document, the U.S. attorney’s office tapped cell phones registered to Crebs and Pomierski between January and February of last year. The court has sealed the recordings of the monitored communications.

Pomierski was first elected in 2000. His current term runs through 2012.

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