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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/20/14, 8:51 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A San Bernardino Superior Court judge on Friday imposed sanctions totaling $3,500 against two San Manuel tribal members for failing to comply with court orders to produce evidence of their net worth in a civil case.

Judge Michael A. Smith gave Stacy Nunez-Barajas, 31, of Rancho Cucamonga and her brother, Erik Barajas, 41, of San Diego, until Aug. 5 to produce five year’s worth of their bank statements and W2 tax forms, otherwise they cannot contest any amount in punitive damages attorneys for the plaintiff, Leonard Epps, request from a jury in the upcoming punitive damages phase of the trial, scheduled to begin on Sept. 23.

A jury awarded Epps $4.5 million in compensatory damages last August following the monthlong first phase of the trial.

Epps sued the Barajases in 2008 after learning the two hatched a murder plot against him with high-ranking members of the Mexican Mafia. The murder conspiracy, which was orchestrated following a run-in Epps had with Erik Barajas at the now-defunct Brass Key bar in Highland, was discovered during a 2006 criminal investigation by San Bernardino police and the Drug Enforcement Administration into the Mexican Mafia’s methamphetamine racket in San Bernardino.

The Barajases and two co-defendants who are also siblings — Salvador and Alfred Hernandez — struck plea bargains with county prosecutors and were convicted on various charges in the case.

Joseph Arias, who is representing the Barajas siblings in the case, said Smith’s July 2013 order was not specific as to bank statements and W2 forms, and argued Friday that the two had complied with that order.

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