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Scales of Justice

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/31/14, 12:21 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Day 6 of a motions hearing in the Colonies corruption case resumed Thursday with defense attorneys arguing that prosecutors engaged in misconduct and prosecutors arguing their chances at a fair trial were jeopardized when a former federal prosecutor was hired by the law firm representing a key defendant in the case.

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DailyBulletin: Colonies court hearing to go into sixth day

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/30/14, 6:59 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A motions hearing in the Colonies corruption case, in which defense attorneys are pushing for dismissal on several grounds, will go into its sixth day today.

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DailyBulletin: Prosecutors in Colonies case given chance to prevent dismissal

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/28/14, 12:22 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A Superior Court judge ruled Monday that prosecutors can amend the indictment in the Colonies corruption case, preventing the dismissal of a dozen more charges against the four defendants.

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Norma Torres

Norma Torres has proposed legislation to address a loophole in bribery cases. (Courtesy Photo)

By Ryan Hagen, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/29/14, 7:05 PM PDT |

SACRAMENTO >> The state Senate on Thursday passed legislation that’s designed to close a “loophole” defendants in the $102 million Colonies corruption case are using to try to dismiss the charges in the case.

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The Sun: Colonies defendant Jeff Burum a possible suspect in phone hacking case

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/08/14, 6:11 PM PDT |

A file that surfaced during a raid at a private investigation firm led prosecutors to believe that Rancho Cucamogna developer Jeff Burum may be tied to the illegal phone hacking of a witness in his San Bernardino County public corruption case, according to a court motion.

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Private Eye

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/28/14, 7:53 PM PDT |

When a prestigious El Segundo-based private investigations firm was hired to investigate the key witness in a major San Bernardino County corruption case, they subcontracted the work — or at least part of it — to a rural Alabama woman who had no license and a spotty criminal record.

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The Sun: Bill Postmus, attorney respond to suspected cell phone hacking

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/04/14, 6:47 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus and his attorney have responded to allegations that a prominent Los Angeles-based private investigation firm hired a woman to hack into Postmus’ cell phone and obtain his phone records.

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The Sun: P.I. firm spied on key Colonies’ case witness, documents disclose

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/02/14, 4:09 PM PST |

A private investigation firm was hired by a defense attorney in the Colonies corruption case to spy on a key witness, court documents show.

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Scales of Justice

March 02, 2014; 12:57 PM

Authorities are looking into allegations that the cellphone of a key government witness in a San Bernardino County corruption case was illegally hacked by private investigators linked to the case of a prominent developer he will be testifying against.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The Sentinel: Defense Files Quartet Of Motions To Have Colonies Indictment Dismissed

The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on January 31, 2014

(January 28)– Multiple instances of prosecutorial misconduct have so marred the Colonies Lawsuit Settlement Public Corruption Case that it should be dismissed altogether, according to four motions filed by the attorney representing the defendant central to the case, a businessman who is accused of extorting and bribing four former public officials.

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The Sun: Defense attorney in Colonies case alleges prosecutor misconduct

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/27/14, 5:21 PM PST | Updated: 4 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A defense attorney in the ongoing Colonies corruption case filed a sweeping set of motions Monday, arguing that the case should be dismissed due to prosecutorial misconduct, insufficient evidence and the statute of limitations having run out.

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Jeff Burum

Attorneys for developer Jeff Burum, a Rancho Cucamonga developer, accuse prosecutors of manipulating the grand jury process to win indictments in a San Bernardino County corruption case that may soon go to trial. (File Photo)

January 27, 2014; 04:01 PM

Attorneys for developer Jeff Burum are accusing prosecutors of manipulating the grand jury process to win indictments in a San Bernardino County corruption case that may soon go to trial.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Los Angeles Daily Journal

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Federal investigators admit time has run out for filing charges in San Bernardino scandal
By Katie Lucia

RIVERSIDE – A high profile Inland Empire developer and others face state charges in what authorities have dubbed one of the biggest public corruption scandals in thestate. But it appears they won’t answer to the alleged crimes in federal court.

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Scales of Justice

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/10/14, 3:27 PM PST | Updated: 48 secs ago

A defense attorney representing a key figure in a case accusing former county officials of conspiracy and accepting bribes told a judge on Friday he will be filing five motions this month alleging government misconduct and challenging evidence in the Colonies corruption case.

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Colonies Arraignment

Defendants, from left, Mark Kirk, former chief of staff to Supervisor Gary Ovitt; former San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane; businessman Jeff Burum; and former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin, in an August 2011 court hearing in San Bernardino. (File Photo)

January 10, 2014; 08:44 PM

Following a state Supreme Court ruling, defense attorneys are pushing for the Colonies corruption case to go to trial soon but at a status hearing Friday, Jan. 10, it wasn’t clear how long that might take.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sentinel: With Postmus’ credibility shot, DA banks on Brown as lead witness

The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck (www.sbsentinel.com)
January 10, 2014

(January 8) Matt Brown, San Bernardino County’s current assistant auditor-controller-treasurer and the one-time chief-of-staff to former county supervisor Paul Biane, is about to emerge front and center as the lead prosecution witness in the Colonies Lawsuit Settlement Public Corruption Prosecution, the Sentinel has learned.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County Colonies corruption case at crossroads

California Supreme Court

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/02/13, 5:44 PM PDT |

The future of a San Bernardino County corruption case involving a $102 million legal settlement between the county and a Rancho Cucamonga developer, allegedly tainted by bribery and extortion, lies with a decision by the California Supreme Court.

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 Chad Mayes

Mayes

By William Cutting
Tuesday, October 30, 2013 – 07:00 p.m.

Chad Mayes, Chief of Staff to San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford, is starting to ramp up his campaign efforts in his bid to win the 42nd Assembly District race.

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DailyBulletin: Notable San Bernardino County public scandals

By Staff Reports
Posted: 10/17/13, 8:11 PM PDT |

• Developer Al Steward pleaded guilty in 2001 to bribery charges that brought down the city of San Bernardino’s infamous “Gang of Four.” Four council members — Valerie Pope-Ludlam, Edward Negrete, Frederick Curlin and Ralph Hernandez — were cited in 1994 for consistently backing Steward projects and receiving hefty contributions in return. Most, if not all, of those projects failed to bring in promised revenue and crippled the city’s redevelopment agency.

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SBCO Seal

Sunday, August 11, 2013 – 12:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, August 11, 2013 – 09:30 p.m.

This news has been suppressed for nearly a year now.

But officials on the Fifth Floor of the San Bernardino County Government Center have started letting it out there, so it must not be a classified secret any longer.

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DailyBulletin: Colonies defense attorney pushes toward dismissal

Scales of Justice

Burum’s attorney gets hearing to possibly lift stay of criminal proceedings
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/02/2013 09:33:58 PM PDT
Updated: 08/02/2013 10:05:01 PM PDT

The attorney for a Rancho Cucamonga developer accused of conspiring with county officials in a bribery scheme is asking a San Bernardino Superior Court judge to lift a stay on criminal proceedings so he could file a motion to dismiss the case, court records show.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Saturday, June 22, 2013 – 01:00 p.m.

Here’s some news of interest flowing across the transom this past week.

High volatility affecting investment markets

A roller coaster stock and bond market has investors a little jittery these days. The main reason is a fear the Federal Reserve will stop printing money soon. Over the past few years, the Fed has used its printing press to keep long-term interest rates low, and thus prop-up stock and real estate values. Now the time to test whether or not the economy will move along on its own is approaching.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Fundraising limits already a problem

Money

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 – 10:30 a.m.

In didn’t take long.

San Bernardino County politicos, a obsessed with making themselves look good the past couple years, now find themselves in an unexpected predicament.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: A “Game of Dems” in congressional district

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Rutherford

June 07, 2013; 07:55 PM

San Bernardino County Board Chairwoman Janice Rutherford has hired a former aide to disgraced ex-Assessor Bill Postmus as a policy advisor.

To read column by Imran Ghori, Jeff Horseman and Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

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By Mark Gutglueck
sbcsentinel@yahoo.com
Republished from Friday, April 19, 2013

(April 19) The California Attorney General and San Bernardino County District Attorney have overstepped their prosecutorial authority and are engaging in “an impermissible charging scheme” in the pursuit of a bribery and conspiracy case against Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum and three former public officials, according to a defense brief filed with the Supreme Court on April 15.

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The Sun: High court receives defense motions in Colonies corruption case

California Supreme Court

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/19/2013 11:31:16 PM PDT

A defense attorney, in a motion filed with the state Supreme Court, alleges that state and San Bernardino County prosecutors are asking the high court to overturn a century of established case law and reinstate bribery charges against Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum.

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Scales of Justice

By Joe Nelson
joe.nelson@ inlandnewspapers.com @SBCountyNow on Twitter
Posted: 03/20/2013 07:32:04 PM PDT

A San Bernardino Superior Court judge on Wednesday dismissed former San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry’s misdemeanor conviction for failing to report a $5,000 campaign contribution in 2007.

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The Sun: Ruling tossed in San Bernardino County indemnity suit prior to settlement

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/16/2013 06:51:47 PM PDT

A San Diego Superior Court judge, in an effort to encourage a settlement between San Bernardino County, and Upland and two transportation agencies, purged his Feb. 5 decision to dismiss all damages claims the county made against the city and the two agencies.

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SBCO Seal

Joe Nelson and Sandra Emerson, Staff Writers
Posted: 03/16/2013 05:17:55 PM PDT
Updated: 03/16/2013 06:51:03 PM PDT

After nearly nine years and roughly $46 million in taxpayer money spent by all parties involved, San Bernardino County’s indemnity lawsuit against Upland and two transportation agencies has left scars, but none that cannot be healed, officials say.

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DailyBulletin: Upland City Council discusses county lawsuit

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/05/2013 10:49:58 PM PST
Updated: 03/05/2013 10:50:13 PM PST

UPLAND – The Upland City Council held a special closed session meeting tonight to discuss two lawsuits facing the city, including the costly San Bernardino County Flood Control lawsuit.

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DailyBulletin: San Bernardino County lawsuit could bankrupt Upland, city manager says

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Joe Nelson and Sandra Emerson, Staff Writers
Posted: 02/10/2013 03:34:01 PM PST
Updated: 02/10/2013 10:57:13 PM PST

San Bernardino County’s lawsuit against Upland and two transportation agencies in which the county seeks to recoup a portion of a $102 million legal settlement could force Upland into bankruptcy court, City Manager Stephen Dunn said.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: County’s claims tossed

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February 06, 2013; 07:09 PM

A judge rejected San Bernardino County’s efforts to recoup $102 million paid in the Colonies settlement, throwing out its damage claims against three other agencies for an agreement he called “unconscionable, unlawful and sordid.”

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Bill Postmus

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/30/2013 08:24:55 PM PST
Updated: 01/30/2013 08:49:52 PM PST

A San Diego Superior Court judge on Wednesday tentatively dismissed a nine-year-old lawsuit by San Bernardino County against three public agencies in which the county sought to recoup a portion of a $102 million legal settlement the defendants say was corrupt.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Agency seeks dismissal of Colonies civil case

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January 29, 2013; 12:32 PM

Three agencies being sued by San Bernardino County in connection with a controversial $102 million settlement are asking a judge to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming they should not be held responsible for an alleged corrupt agreement.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Thursday, January 10, 2013 – 07:30 a.m.
Last Modified: January 10, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.

Here’s some new coming across the transom Thursday morning.

Unemployment claims rise

First-time claims for unemployment benefits climbed 4,000 to a seasonally-adjusted 371,000 last week. While not horrible, the number doesn’t bring much confidence in a labor market recovery anytime soon.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County GOP leadership battle looms

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Hagman

Thursday, January 11, 2013 – 11:00 p.m.

Looks like a battle for leadership of the San Bernardino County Republican Central Committee is in the works for later this month.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Corruption, bankruptcy cases to continue

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Former San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul,Biane, left, Jim former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin, developer Jeff Burum, Mark Kirk, former chief of staff to Supervisor Gary Ovitt during a San Bernardino Superior Court hearing in July 2011. The county corruption case will continue winding its way through court in 2013.

FROM STAFF REPORTS
December 28, 2012; 03:41 PM

COUNTY CORRUPTION

A San Bernardino County corruption case that prosecutors call the most far-reaching in county history will keep making its way through the courts in 2013, though it is not known when it will go to trial.

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The Sun: Bill Postmus agrees to pay county $300,000 to settle civil case

Assessor’s Office scandal led to sweeping county corruption probe
By Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/16/2012 01:58:26 PM PST

Special section: San Bernardino County Watch

Former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus has agreed to pay the county $300,000 to settle a lawsuit filed against him and four other former Assessor’s Office employees in May 2009 amid a corruption scandal involving the defendants.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/05/2012 02:11:54 PM PST

San Bernardino County and its transportation planning agency are enmeshed in a legal challenge over whether the transportation agency should partially reimburse the county for a legal settlement with a land developer that prosecutors allege was corrupt.

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The PE: SB COUNTY: Colonies case faces additional defense challenges

Published: 02 November 2012 – 05:15 PM

The Colonies corruption case is moving forward again after an appeals court ruling earlier this week that dismissed some charges and reinstated others.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: Appellate Court reaches tentative decision in Colonies case

By Joe Nelson, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 08/24/2012 10:49:13 AM PDT

The Fourth District Court of Appeal in Riverside has issued a tentative decision on appeals brought by prosecutors and defense attorneys in a sweeping San Bernardino County corruption case involving a legal settlement with a land developer.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012 – 05:00 p.m.

Earlier this year San Bernardino County unions ganged up on the Board of Supervisors by qualifying a charter amendment designed to cut board member pay, benefits and staff budgets.

Ironically, this measure is the brain child of convicted former Assessor and County Supervisor Bill Postmus, who enlisted the financial support of a wealthy Wrightwood businessman to bankroll initial signature gathering.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Colonies defendants to get some Postmus emails

Bill Postmus in March 2011 after his plea deal hearing in San Bernardino Superior Court./FILE PHOTO

 

RICHARD K. De ATLEY, STAFF WRITER
rdeatley@pe.com

Published: 12 July 2012 03:48 PM

Defense attorneys in a San Bernardino County corruption case will get to see some of the emails and text messages between former Assessor Bill Postmus and the district attorney’s office, a San Bernardino County Superior Court judge ruled Thursday, July 13.

The judge said there were “obvious credibility issues” regarding Postmus, who acted as an informant in the so-called Colonies case that brought conspiracy and bribery charges to a developer and three now-former county officials.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/12/2012 05:54:37 PM PDT

A San Bernardino Superior Court judge on Thursday determined that prosecutors should turn over documents in the Colonies corruption case that go toward the credibility of former county Assessor and key witness Bill Postmus.

Attorney Stephen Larson, who is defending Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum, is seeking copies of telephone text messages between Postmus and a district attorney investigator, which Larson believes will help him in his defense of Burum.

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Defense attorneys Stephen Larson and Mary Andrues, who represent Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum, walk out of court after a hearing in the Colonies corruption scandal held Friday at San Bernardino Superior Court. (Rachel Luna/Staff Photographer)

 

Lori Fowler, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/08/2012 11:58:25 AM PDT

A sweeping San Bernardino County corruption case moved a step forward Friday after lawyers for four men accused of crimes in connection with a $102 million legal settlement said they had received much of the pre-trial evidence they wanted from prosecutors.

But while attorneys have basically worked out evidence issues in the case, there are still items to be resolved.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Two newcomers challenge incumbent

San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 26 May 2012 07:30 PM

San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales would appear to be in a comfortable position as she seeks a third term on the Board of Supervisors.

Gonzales, 59, who won re-election four years ago without an opponent on the ballot, has amassed a significant campaign account that dwarfs her two challengers.

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DailyBulletin: Evidence issue in Colonies’ case winding down

By Joe Nelson, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Created: 05/24/2012 10:56:14 AM PDT

The attorney for Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum, accused of bribing public officials in a sweeping San Bernardino County corruption case, said Thursday that his push to obtain additional evidence from prosecutors is winding down.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Baca criticizes Gonzales’ leadership

Congressman Joe Baca left. County Supervisor Josie Gonzales right.

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 04 May 2012 06:48 PM

Rep. Joe Baca, D-Rialto, is backing San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales’ opponent in the June 5 election in a sign of increased tensions between the one-time allies.

In a campaign news release Friday, May 4, Baca took aim at Gonzales, accusing her of failing to “live up to Democratic principles by supporting candidates that were part of the county corruption scandal.” He also described her as having “lost touch with the everyday needs of families.”

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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.

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DailyBulletin: Attorney makes slight amendment to Colonies lawsuit

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 05/02/2012 11:26:32 AM PDT

Document: Read the amended complaint (.pdf file)

An attorney who filed a lawsuit seeking reimbursement for taxpayers of the $102 million settlement made by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors in 2006 with Rancho Cucamonga-based developer Colonies Partners LP has made slight amendments to his complaint.

Cory Briggs said he added some language to the complaint, which he filed in February in San Bernardino County Court, in order to fill in information that attorneys for the Colonies said was needed.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO: Judge agrees to lift bail for Colonies defendants

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 20 April 2012 11:42 AM

A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge agreed Friday to lift bail for three former county officials and a developer facing corruption charges.

Judge Michael Smith agreed to allow the four men to remain free on their own recognizance as the case continues to remain in the pre-trial stage almost a year after the defendants were indicted.

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The Sun: Lawyer seeks dismissal of San Bernardino County corruption figure

The lawyer for Apple Valley businessman John Dino DeFazio, a figure in a county corruption case, is seeking dismissal of the case, alleging lack of evidence. (Joe Nelson/Staff)

 

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/06/2012 01:20:31 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The attorney for an Apple Valley businessman linked to a sweeping San Bernardino County corruption case filed a motion Friday in Superior Court seeking dismissal of the case.

John Dino DeFazio, 52, is charged with six felony counts of perjury for allegedly lying to the county’s civil Grand Jury in 2009 about his involvement with a political action committee prosecutors allege was used to conceal a $100,000 bribe to former county Assessor Bill Postmus.

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The PE: SB COUNTY: Postmus sentencing delayed

Sentencing was delayed today for former San Bernardino County assessor Bill Postmus./FILE PHOTO

 

IMRAN GHORI
ighori@pe.com
Published: 29 March 2012 10:36 AM

A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge Thursday delayed sentencing for former Assessor Bill Postmus on corruption charges until July 19.

Postmus pleaded guilty last year to taking part in a conspiracy involving bribery and extortion in exchange for his vote for the county’s controversial $102 million legal settlement with developer Colonies Partners.

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Ryan Carter, Staff Writer
Created: 03/28/2012 07:23:04 PM PDT

Attorneys for developer Colonies Partners LP are seeking dismissal of a civil lawsuit that would force the developer to pay back a $102 million legal settlement to taxpayers.

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The PE: SB COUNTY: Defense says it’s a ‘cat and mouse’ game in Colonies case

BY RICHARD K. De ATLEY
STAFF WRITER
rdeatley@pe.com

Published: 16 March 2012 08:03 PM

Attorneys for Colonies case figure Jeffrey Burum have filed a motion that seeks to force prosecutors to hand over all material that could include evidence helpful to Burum in his defense.

The motion is necessary, defense attorney Stephen G. Larson said in the document, because he believes there is evidence that the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office has not been handing over all such material in a timely way to the defense, despite several requests to do so.

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By Joe Nelson
Created: 03/16/2012 10:56:10 AM PDT

Defense attorneys in a far-reaching San Bernardino County corruption case are seeking a court order to compel prosecutors to provide information on communications they have had with two key defendants in the case.

Attorney Stephen Larson, attorney for Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum, filed a motion Thursday in San Bernardino Superior Court alleging prosecutors have been nonresponsive and holding out.

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The Sun: Postmus remarks to feds raises questions

Postmus

By Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/10/2012 03:03:31 PM PST

An admission by former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus to federal authorities that he used methamphetamine dozens of times in 2011 has a defense attorney in a far-reaching county corruption case questioning the tactics of prosecutors.

The admission came during an Oct. 14 interview with assistant U.S. attorneys Jerry Behnke and Joseph Widman and FBI agent Jonathan Zeitlin, when Postmus told the trio what he knew about an alleged corruption scandal state and local prosecutors are calling the biggest in county history.

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The PE: VIDEO: PE Crime Blotter – Ex-assessor’s stories conflict

Former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus

Published: 14 February 2012 06:04 PM

A look at crime in the Inland region, from a Rialto shooting to a cockfighting raid to the theft of the Storm mascot’s quad.

To view video, click here.

VVDailyPress: DeFazio held for trial on perjury charges

February 14, 2012 11:31 AM
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Natasha Lindstrom

SAN BERNARDINO • A judge ruled Tuesday that Apple Valley developer John Dino DeFazio will stand trial for allegedly lying to the grand jury, marking the latest legal development in the far-reaching Colonies corruption investigation.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Postmus interview raises questions

Bill Postmus

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 13 February 2012 09:50 PM

In an FBI interview former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus said he did not view a $100,000 campaign contribution from Colonies Partners as a bribe even though he expected to receive funds following a lawsuit settlement.

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VVDailyPress: DeFazio defends allegations he lied to grand jury

RECESS: Apple Valley real estate developer John Dino DeFazio, left, walks toward the San Bernardino County courtroom in San Bernardino while his defense attorney, Richard M. Ewaniszyk, and Deputy District Attorney John Goritz, right, chat during a recess from DeFazio’s preliminary hearing./STAFF PHOTO BY NATASHA LINDSTROM

Prosecutors say A.V. developer lied about PAC; defense rejects charge
February 10, 2012 8:36 AM
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Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writer

SAN BERNARDINO • Prosecutors attempted to show Thursday that Apple Valley developer John Dino DeFazio lied about a political action committee that former county Assessor Bill Postmus secretly used to funnel bribes.

At the preliminary hearing in San Bernardino court, DeFazio’s defense worked to demonstrate DeFazio — not Postmus — controlled the PAC in question, and attacked the credibility of the district attorney’s key witnesses.

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The Sun: $100,000 contribution not a bribe from Colonies, says Postmus

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/08/2012 06:05:39 PM PST

In an October interview with federal authorities, former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus said he did not consider a $100,000 campaign contribution from Colonies Partners LP a bribe.

Postmus’ statement, from an interview transcript obtained by The Sun, appears to contradict his guilty plea to charges of conspiracy and bribery in state court, where prosecutors contend campaign contributions to political action committees were part of a conspiracy by Colonies to secure a huge settlement to a land-rights dispute with the county.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Plea deal rejected in corruption case

Accused of lying about ties to ex-assessor Bill Postmus, John DeFazio says no to a plea and may now face trial

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 07 February 2012 08:15 PM

An Apple Valley businessman accused of lying about his ties to former San Bernardino County assessor Bill Postmus turned down a plea deal Tuesday that would have spared him prison time.

As a result, John Dino DeFazio, 52, will return to court Thursday for a preliminary hearing to determine whether he will face trial on six felony charges of perjury.

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The Sentinel: Mystery remains over Brown’s continuing tenure with county

By Mark Gutglueck
Friday, January 6, 2012

Questions continue to dog the second highest ranking member of the county auditor-controller/treasurer-tax collector’s office with regard to the role he and a political action committee he controlled played in illegally passing through and laundering money for those convicted of or charged with participation in a bribery and extortion conspiracy.

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The Sentinel: Granlund ducking Colonies case subpoena

By Mark Gutgleuck
Friday, January 6, 2012
Originally Published: Friday, December 30, 2011

As of earlier this week, former state assemblyman Brett Granlund had actively avoided several attempts to serve him with a subpoena relating to the Colonies Settlement case.

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From left to right: Colonies scandal defendants Jeff Burum, Mark Kirk, Jim Erwin, and Paul Biane stand during a motion to delay their arraignment hearing in a San Bernardino Superior Courtroom

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 12/30/2011 11:37:49 AM PST

Investigations into corruption in San Bernardino County advanced in fits and starts over the past year.

Prosecutors gained ground when former Supvervisor-turned-Assessor Bill Postmus agreed in March to plead guilty to bribery, conflict of interest and misappropriation of public funds and to cooperate with the ongoing investigation.

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Inlandpolitics: Case outcomes troubling

Former Rancho Cucamonga City Councilman Rex Gutierrez, at left, received a 2 year, 8 month prison sentence, while Former Assessor taxpayer Advocate Greg Advocate, on the right, received 4 months of home detention. Both men were accused of virtually the same offenses.

Saturday, December 10, 2011 – 09:00 a.m.

Speaking of no  justice.

Friday’s plea deal between the  San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office and defendant Gregory Eyler depicts a stark reality when prosecutions turn political in nature.

The move avoids a jury trial originally set for January 30, 2012.

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The PE: Gregory Eyler pleads no contest in Assessor’s Office case

Eyler

Mike Cruz and Joe Nelson, Staff Writers
Posted: 12/09/2011 12:50:39 PM PST

Greg Eyler
SAN BERNARDINO – Gregory Eyler, a former taxpayer advocate for the San Bernardino County Assessor’s Office, pleaded no contest Friday to an allegation that he drew pay from the county for work he never performed.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 12/08/2011 08:04:06 PM PST

San Bernardino County prosecutors have filed four additional perjury charges against an Apple Valley businessman accused of lying to the Grand Jury in a sweeping county corruption probe.

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The Sun: Land deals scrutinized in Postmus investigation

“There really is no such thing as insider trading for real estate,” said Milsap. “It goes on in real estate all the time. That’s the benefit of local knowledge.”

Ryan Milsap, Adjunct Professor at USC School of Real Estate and Broker

 

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/14/2011 08:19:46 PM PST

Authorities looked hard at several land deals involving former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus during their investigation of the county’s $102 million legal settlement with Rancho Cucamonga developer Colonies Partners LP, according to recently released search warrants.

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The Sun: Flow of money, alleged blackmail detailed in Colonies’ search warrants

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/12/2011 06:12:51 AM PST

The ways money flowed to candidates and political action committees and alleged acts of blackmail are detailed in search warrants in San Bernardino County’s $102 million legal settlement with Rancho Cucamonga developer Colonies Partners LP in November 2006.

The warrants, released last week, also describe what led authorities to suspect a county supervisor’s former chief of staff of criminal activity before he became a witness for the prosecution.

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The Sun: Materials seized in FBI raid returned to Burum

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/09/2011 05:33:36 PM PST

An attorney for Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum said federal officials on Wednesday returned all materials seized from Burum’s home and office during an FBI raid on Sept. 15.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Warrants detail corruption investigation

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 08 November 2011 10:05 AM

Search warrants released as part of a San Bernardino County corruption case detail how the four-year investigation grew from reports of political gifts to allegations of a far-reaching conspiracy involving several top county officials and a prominent developer.

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Joe Nelson, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Created: 11/07/2011 06:53:01 PM PST

The remaining search warrants served in a sweeping corruption probe involving a legal settlement between the county and a Rancho Cucamonga developer were released Monday.

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The PE: SB COUNTY: Search warrants show phone, financial records

Bill Postmus and Jim Erwin

BY IMRAN GHORI AND DUG BEGLEY
STAFF WRITERS
ighori@pe.com | dbegley@pe.com

Published: 04 November 2011 09:59 AM

Search warrants released Friday provide more details of former San Bernardino County assessor and Supervisor Bill Postmus’ struggles with hiding his homosexuality and drug addiction as he was under scrutiny by authorities who suspected him of abusing his public office.

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Joe Nelson and Mike Cruz, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Created: 11/04/2011 10:56:54 AM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Eleven search warrants served over a two-year period in a sweeping corruption probe tied to a legal settlement between the county and a Rancho Cucamonga developer were ordered released Friday by a Superior Court judge.

Read the documents: 1 | 2

(Disclaimers: Document #1 contains explicit language; pages containing private information have been removed from Document #2)

Judge Michael A. Smith ordered the search warrants released Friday after defense attorneys did not appear in court to object to their release or request redactions be made to the documents.

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The Sentinel: Derry prosecution has grave import for Mitzelfelt, Rutherford

Friday, October 21, 2011

The California Attorney General’s Office’s filing of charges against Third District San Bernardino County supervisor Neil Derry six months ago has opened up a can of legal and political worms that is likely to complicate the future political landscape for not only Attorney General Kamala Harris, but San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos and at least two of Derry’s colleagues on the board of supervisors.

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The Sun: Burum attorney to court: dismiss all counts

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/20/2011 03:12:49 PM PDT

The attorney representing Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum is asking a state appeals court to dismiss the remaining criminal charges against his client, who prosecutors charged in a sweeping county corruption probe.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Campaign collaboration raises opponents’ ire

The Riverside City Council is discussing whether to name City Hall after Mayor Ron Loveridge.

FROM STAFF REPORTS
Published: 16 October 2011 05:58 PM

A campaign alliance between San Bernardino City Attorney Jim Penman and city clerk candidate Amelia Sanchez Lopez is raising eyebrows among longtime election watchers and concern among those who would like to see the pair defeated.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Defense attorney seeks Postmus interview

Former San Bernardino County supervisor and assessor Bill Postmus.

BY DUANE W. GANG
STAFF WRITER
dgang@pe.com

Published: 14 October 2011 09:49 PM

An attorney for a former San Bernardino County assessor’s employee requested Friday that prosecutors compel Bill Postmus to submit to an interview with a defense team investigator.

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DailyBulletin: Grand Jury testimony could help defense, Burum’s attorney says

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 10/08/2011 08:36:40 PM PDT

Grand Jury testimony given by Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum in 2009 could prove beneficial to his defense and should have been provided to a criminal grand jury in April, according to Burum’s attorney.

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The PE: SB COUNTY: Burum seeks return of seized material

The Colonies figure says agents crippled his firms and took attorney documents. Feds say no privileged papers were
BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 07 October 2011 10:19 PM

An attorney for Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum urged federal officials to return material seized during a raid last month and accused them of taking documents that are protected by attorney-client privilege.

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The Sun: Assistant AG Schons to retire, take new job

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/06/2011 07:11:55 PM PDT

Senior state Assistant Attorney General Gary Schons will retire at the end of the month and will begin a new job at the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, officials from both offices said.

San Bernardino County Assistant District Attorney Jim Hackleman also is retiring. His last day is Friday.

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The PE: CORRUPTION PROBE: Burum testimony describes gifts as reward

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 05 October 2011 10:00 PM

During a bitter four-year legal battle with San Bernardino County, Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum was frustrated that county supervisors weren’t getting the real truth as he saw it, so he had his friend Jim Erwin act as an unofficial liaison who could bypass attorneys and deliver messages directly to them, according to testimony Burum provided to a grand jury.

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The Sun: Developer Burum’s attorney says FBI searches unconstitutional

Joe Nelson, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 10/04/2011 01:59:35 PM PDT

FBI agents violated Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum’s civil rights and lied when they said they did not search his attorney’s office, according to a motion filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Riverside.

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