By Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 10/05/2011 10:52:44 AM PDT

UPLAND — A new defendant has been added to the indictment of former Mayor John Pomierski and Upland contractor John Hennes.

Anthony Orlando Sanchez, 35 of Rancho Cucamonga was named as a defendant in a superseding indictment handed down by a grand jury and filed by the U.S. District Attorney’s office last month.

Sanchez will now face criminal charges in federal court, said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. District Attorney’s office.

An attorney for Sanchez did not return request for comment.

Pomierski and Hennes were named in an 11-count indictment on March 2 that accuses them of extorting $45,000 worth of bribes from two Upland businesses, including the Chronic Cantina bar and restaurant.

The restaurant owners are now suing the city of Upland accusing Pomierski and Hennes of extorting money from them in order to keep operating.

According to the indictment, Pomierski would demand money from the owners of the businesses in exchange for the performance of official acts in connection with Upland government business and transactions.

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