By Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/19/2012 12:29:42 PM PDT
Updated: 10/19/2012 07:33:05 PM PDT
UPLAND – The former Upland city manager faces felony corruption charges filed Friday by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.
Robb Quincey, 52, of Upland was arrested Friday by investigators from the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation.
Quincey was booked at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on felony charges including unlawful misappropriation of public money, gaining personal benefit from an official contract, and giving false testimony under oath, according to District Attorney’s Office officials.
Quincey denies the charges, according to a statement from his attorney, Michael Zweiback.
“His reign in the city has been one of the most devastating of any city manager that I know of,” Mayor Ray Musser said. “People look back and say everything was good. All these new buildings went up. Well it wasn’t all fine and we’re finding it out after the fact.”
Quincey, who was terminated by the City Council in May 2011 for failing to follow council direction and breaching his employment contract, is accused of committing a public officer crime and conflict of interest in January 2010.
The amount of loss to the city of Upland is estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
The investigation that led to the arrest was initiated by the Inland Regional Corruption Task Force, which includes the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the District Attorney’s Office.
The arrest is part of an ongoing corruption investigation involving former Upland officials, including Pomierski, who pled guilty to a federal bribery charge in April 2012. Pomierski was sentenced in August to two years in federal prison.
Zweiback said Quincey did not misuse public funds and has been the victim of a completely misguided investigation.
“Mr. Quincey is innocent of all the charges,” Zweiback said in the statement. “He looks forward to his day in court when he can present his case and answer these meritless allegations. A full airing of facts will demonstrate that Mr. Quincey acted appropriately at all times in his role as city manager.
The City Council placed Quincey on paid leave in January 2011 following reports that he settled two claims in January 2010 involving Upland police for $50,000, which at the time surpassed the amount he was allowed to settle.
Quincey sued the city in November alleging his firing was without cause and sought $7.8 million in damages.
He claimed he settled the claims for $25,000 each, which was within his authority.
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