Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 03/02/2011 03:59:48 PM PST

One of two men publicly associated with the FBI’s Upland-based investigation pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court in Riverside.

Jason Roy Crebs pleaded not guilty to charges that he “knowingly and intentionally aided, abetted, counseled, commanded, induced and procured (a) Public Official to corruptly solicit, demand, accept and agree to accept a thing of value from R.M., intending to be influenced and rewarded in connection with a transaction and series of transactions of the city of Upland, California, involving a thing of value of at least $5,000.”

The “public official” was not named except as an agent of the city of Upland.

“R.M.” also has not been identified. Newly appointed Upland Mayor Ray Musser has said he is not “R.M.”

Crebs and Anthony Orlando Sanchez were charged on Feb. 1. Sanchez’s arraignment is scheduled for March 16.

A pre-trial date has been set for April 18 by federal Judge Virginia A. Phillips.

Bail of $5,000 was posted, and Crebs was asked to surrender his passport and ordered not to leave the area.

Sealed plea agreements were filed on Feb. 8 for both Crebs and Sanchez.

Crebs’ sealed plea agreement will be unsealed during the court proceedings on April 18, said James Reiss, Crebs’ attorney.

On June 10, FBI and IRS agents confiscated records from Upland City Hall and then-Mayor John Pomierski’s home, where his construction business is based. They also took records from J.H. Builders in Upland and Venture West Capital in Rancho Cucamonga.

A search warrant for Pomierski’s cell phone sought records as evidence of violations including racketeering, conspiracy, extortion, bribery, mail and wire fraud and money laundering.

Pomierski resigned from office on Feb. 22.

Crebs and Sanchez were both named in the search warrant and work for Venture West Capital.

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