Jailed LA assessor still collecting $197K salary
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County’s jailed assessor is still collecting his $197,000 salary.
John Noguez has been in jail since October while awaiting trial on charges he accepted at least $185,000 in bribes in exchange for lowering property tax bills for campaign contributors. He hasn’t been able to make the more than $1 million bail.
The Los Angeles Times says the Board of Supervisors discussed his fate behind closed doors on Tuesday but didn’t remove him from office.
Supervisor Michael Antonovich says Noguez is still the assessor until he’s convicted of a crime.
Noguez hasn’t worked since placing himself on paid leave of absence in June. He got a cost-of-living raise in July that boosted his annual salary from $192,000 to $197,000.