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Bail reduced, but only slightly, for Assessor John Noguez

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A Los Angeles judge reduced Assessor John Noguez's bail to $1.16 million. His attorney said it is unlikely Noguez can get out of jail before his next hearing.

The bail amount for Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez was reduced slightly Monday to reflect how much revenue the county reportedly lost when the assessor allegedly accepted bribes from a tax consultant. 

The assessor’s bail was reduced from $1.38 million to $1.16 million. Even with that revised amount, his attorney, Michael Proctor, said it is unlikely Noguez will be able to make bail. Bond companies typically require 10 percent of the bail amount in cash.

Tax consultant Ramin Salari’s bail was also reduced, from $1.36 million to $1.16 million. He is expected to bail out some time later Monday evening.

Noguez was arrested last week on 24 counts of bribery, perjury, conspiracy and misappropriation by a public officer. He is accused of accepting $185,000 in bribes from Salari in exchange for reducing the assessed values on properties owned by the tax consultant’s clients.

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Assessor John Noguez and tax consultant plead not guilty to public corruption charges

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LA County Sheriff's Dept.

Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez, who is facing 24 felony counts, is being held on $1.385 million bail.

Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez and a tax consultant who allegedly bribed the elected official each pleaded not guilty Thursday to public corruption charges.

Wearing an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs, Noguez made his first court appearance since being arrested Wednesday at his Huntington Park home. He is facing 24 felony counts, which include bribery, perjury, conspiracy and the misappropriation of public funds. During the District Attorney’s year-long investigation, Noguez has maintained he did nothing wrong. 

Also in court was Ramin Salari, who allegedly bribed Noguez with $185,000 in exchange for lowering the assessed values of properties owned by his clients. Salari is charged with 23 felonies — bribing an executive officer, conspiracy and misappropriation. He is also accused of giving former appraiser Scott Schenter $100,000 in bribes.

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Major pain in the assessor's office: Investigators serve warrants at 12 locations

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Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez

If corruption is the black mold of our government houses, then the L.A. district attorney's office is storming the city like a masked remediation team this morning.

Early Wednesday, officials served warrants at the home of Los Angeles County assessor John Noguez, and 11 other locations, as a part of an expansive, information-gathering investigation into property tax reductions and campaign contributions, reports the L.A. Times.

Head of the district attorney’s public integrity unit, Dave Demerjian, said no arrests were expected in today's raid.

Several local offices are under scrutiny, as well as two Internet service providers, and businessman Ramin Salari, a campaign contributor and friend to Noguez who reportedly secured substantial tax reductions for commercial and residential property owners.

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