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Assessor John Noguez's friends ask for bail money in unusual email

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LA County Sheriff's Dept.

A committee called Friends of John Noguez is asking supporters to support the imprisoned assessor's birthday by raising money for his bail.

Imprisoned county Assessor John Noguez just had a birthday and his supporters say that the perfect gift this year would be bail money. 

An email from Friends of John Noguez asks supporters to send in $99 to go toward Noguez’s $1.16 million bail. He is being held on 24 counts of bribery, perjury, conspiracy and misappropriation by a public officer.

So, why give just $99? Because then supporters’ names won’t appear on public financial records, the committee says.

“Some of you have questions about donations given that there are certain reporters who are aggressively contacting anyone who is supportive of John. We all want to respect each other’s privacy, especially as private individuals who are not public officials,” according to the email. 

The group then goes on to bash journalists for covering the story.