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Scott Schenter arrested in assessor's office corruption investigation

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Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, formerly Los Angeles County Hall of Administration (seen from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion).

Scott Schenter, a former LA County property appraiser who resigned in January 2011 after it was discovered he'd reduced without explanation or authorization the taxable value of more than 100 Westside properties, was taken into custody on Monday.

Schenter, 49, was arrested in Oregon. It is the first arrest in large-scale corruption probe into the assessors office, reports the L.A. Times.

Prosecutors say Scott Schenter, 49, falsified department documents and unlawfully lowered property values by $172 million for multimillion-dollar homes and businesses. Schenter allegedly secured campaign contributions from the owners for Assessor John Noguez, authorities said.

The ex-county appraiser previously told the paper he was pressured to raise money and find campaign contributors.

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