Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/12/2011 06:04:50 PM PDT

FBI agents acted “professionally” and “responsibly” when serving a search warrant at the offices of Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum, despite allegations that Burum’s civil rights were violated, according to a motion filed in federal court on Tuesday.

Agents, however, did err when they presented erroneous information to federal Judge Oswald Parada in opposition to a request by Burum’s attorney, Stephen Larson, that a special master be assigned to review materials seized during the search.

Special Agent Jonathan Zeitlin, in a declaration to the court, said special agents Anthony Montero and Kristin Almeda did a walk-through of Larson’s office, with Larson’s consent and in his presence, in the Diversified Pacific building at 10621 Civic Center Dr. in Rancho Cucamonga on Sept. 15.

Federal prosecutors and agents admitted in their motion, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Riverside in response to Larson’s motion seeking a review of Judge Parada’s denial of a special master, that the information was incorrect.

In a written declaration, Montero said Zeitlin had sent him his declaration for vetting before it was submitted to the court, and Montero told Zeitlin the information was accurate.

“Unfortunately, I did not notice the error in stating that Larson and I walked through both offices. I do not know how I missed that mistake,” Montero said in his declaration. “In any event, I did not intentionally mislead (special agent) Zeitlin or the court. I apologize for my error.”

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