Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 04/27/2010 07:40:38 PM PDT

San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane and County Administrative Officer Greg Devereaux responded Tuesday to findings from a state Fair Political Practices Commission investigation regarding a trip they took to West Virginia.

San Bernardino County prosecutors asked the FPPC on Jan. 11 to look into whether Devereaux and Biane properly reported the September 2008 trip on campaign finance and gift disclosure forms. The two flew on a private jet with Dan Richards, co-managing partner for Rancho Cucamonga-based developer Colonies Partners LP, and Ray Crebs, an investor in Colonies Partners.

The private jet the four flew on belongs to Crebs.

The FPPC determined that Devereaux violated the Political Reform Act because he did not properly reimburse Crebs for his share of the flight based on comparable charter rates. But the commission let Devereaux off with a warning because, at the time, he had been unaware of a change in the law regarding compensation for plane trips, and “exercised due diligence” in making every effort to ensure he properly reported the trip.

“As someone who values the reputation for honesty and integrity, I have always tried very hard to follow both the letter and the spirit of the law,” Devereaux said in a statement Tuesday. “I take full responsibility for the mistake, and in the future will strive even more to be current on the rules.”

Biane stood accused of accepting a gift of travel on Crebs’ private jet and spending campaign money for personal use.
The FPPC determined Biane was not in violation because he took the trip to foster support from political donors and talk business with Devereaux, whom the county was seeking to recruit as its new county administrative officer.

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