Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 05/03/2012 08:54:13 AM PDT

Anthony Orlando Sanchez pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Riverside, admitting to conspiracy to commit bribery.

Sanchez, 36, was charged with acting as a conduit between an Upland business and former Mayor John Pomierski. Pomierski pleaded guilty last week in the bribery case.

Two other counts against Sanchez will be dropped when he is sentenced Aug. 13 in federal court.

Sanchez has been in custody since January, after he returned from a year abroad. He fled to Honduras in January 2011. A warrant was issued for his arrest in March 2011.

Sanchez will be released upon payment of a $150,000 bond, $100,000 of which is required to be secured by deeding property to the court.

“When he’s released, he will be on home detention with electronic monitoring and then that will basically wrap the case up for everyone now until sentencing,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jerry Behnke said.

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