New charges filed against LA County assessor

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors have filed six new charges in the bribery case involving the Los Angeles County assessor and two others.

The district attorney’s office filed three counts each of embezzlement and grand theft Monday against John Noguez and Arizona tax consultant Ramin Salari. Some of the new charges date back to 1998.

Noguez, his top aide Mark McNeil and Salari have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Prosecutors say Salari bribed Noguez and others to lower assessments for property owned by Salari’s clients, lowering their tax bills by nearly $10 million.

The three could face dozens of years in prison each if convicted.

A former county appraiser, Scott Schenter, is being tried in a separate corruption case.

 

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