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The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office has refiled 78 felony charges against former Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez, his former chief appraiser Mark McNeil and Arizona tax consultant Ramin Salari alleging they engaged in a public corruption scheme in which Noguez was bribed in return for favorable property assessments and unprecedented access to high-level executives.
The refiled case replaces a case filed in 2012 but dismissed on July 27 in compliance with an appellate court decision based on a procedural delay. Noguez, 55, whose real name is Juan Renaldo Rodriguez; McNeil, 62; and Salari, 57, each face one count of conspiracy to commit grand theft and 14 counts of misappropriation of public funds and grand theft. Noguez served as county assessor from 2010-14.
Noguez faces an additional three counts of accepting a bribe, two counts each of embezzlement by a public or private officer and perjury by declaration, and one count of public records violation. Salari also faces seven counts of grand theft, nine counts of embezzlement by a public or private officer and 23 counts of bribing an executive officer. Additionally, Noguez and Salari are charged with two counts of grand theft.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges on July 27 and are scheduled to return on Aug. 12 in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. The alleged crimes allegedly occurred from 1999 to 2011 and resulted in the loss of more than $10 million for the county of Los Angeles.
If convicted as charged, Noguez faces a possible maximum sentence of 36 years in state prison. Salari faces 59 years in prison and McNeil faces 22 years in state prison.
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