Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 05/04/2012 05:20:47 PM PDT

A San Bernardino Superior Court judge on Friday rejected a motion to dismiss a case against a High Desert developer accused of lying to the Grand Jury about his role in a political action committee.

Judge J. David Mazurek denied the motion filed on behalf of John Dino DeFazio, 52, of Apple Valley, who stands charged with six felony counts of perjury. A pretrial hearing is now scheduled for June 22.

In his motion filed last month, DeFazio’s attorney, Richard Ewanisyk argued prosecutors are relying on uncorroborated witness information and therefore cannot charge his client with the crimes.

DeFazio, however, has been able to corroborate his assertion that he controlled all activities associated with the Inland Empire PAC. The PAC’s bylaws showed DeFazio as chairman and High Desert developers Mike Gallagher and Jeff Bentow as board members. Bentow and Gallagher, however, denied having any knowledge they were listed as members of the PAC, according to the motion.

State and local prosecutors allege former county Assessor Bill Postmus secretly controlled the PAC. Postmus, a Rancho Cucamonga developer and three former county officials have been linked to a sweeping county corruption probe in which prosecutors allege a land rights lawsuit settled in November 2006 for $102 million was tainted by bribery and blackmail.

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