Medical building disappears off property tax rolls

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – The widening Los Angeles County assessor’s office investigation shows a Redondo Beach medical building disappeared from tax rolls for three years.

The Los Angeles Times says the assessor’s office didn’t send a tax bill in 2005, 2006 and 2007 to Prospect South Bay Medical Center. The $11 million, 47,000-square-foot building is home to dozens of doctors’ offices. The county discovered the problem in 2008 and sent a bill for $330,000 in unpaid taxes to the building’s owner, Prospect South Bay Ltd.

The property was assigned to former appraiser Scott Schenter, who was charged in May with 60 counts of fraud for lowering property values by more than $170 million to secure campaign contributions from wealthy donors for Assessor John Noguez.

Noguez has denied any wrongdoing.

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