By Mike Cruz
Created: 05/03/2010 12:44:01 PM PDT
Former county Supervisor and Assessor Bill Postmus and co-defendant Gregory Eyler appeared briefly in Superior Court this morning on charges related to an investigation of malfeasance in the Assessor’s Office.
Eyler’s lawyer, Stanley Hodge, was unable to appear for the hearing in San Bernardino Superior Court. The lawyers and Judge Michael Dest agreed to return to court June 21 to determine if all parties are ready for a preliminary hearing on June 23.
Postmus was arrested by San Bernardino County District Attorney’s investigators on suspicion of methamphetamine possession on Jan. 15, 2009 during the serving of a search warrant at his Rancho Cucamonga home. He resigned from his elected position on Feb. 6, 2009.
Of the 12 total counts in a complaint filed in July in the Assessor’s Office investigation, nine felony counts and one misdemeanor count were against Postmus. Eyler faces two felony counts.
Postmus was charged with grand theft and misappropriation of public funds for employing people in the Assessor’s Office who failed to perform their public service, according to prosecutors.
The former Assessor was also charged with grand theft on suspicion of using his county credit card to buy airline tickets for a political gathering in Texas and misappropriation of public funds on suspicion of using his county credit card to buy gas for a personal Aspen trip and an air card for his laptop.
The former assessor was also charged with perjury for failing to report a $12,000 cashier’s check, and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia based on narcotics found in his home. He faces up to eight years in prison if convicted on all counts.
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