Corruption Probe At LA Building Department Expanded

LOS ANGELES (AP) — City officials have expanded a corruption investigation at the Los Angeles building department, a month after two employees were arrested for allegedly accepting thousands of dollars in bribes to approve construction work without conducting inspections.

The Los Angeles Times reports Saturday that since the arrests, a federal grand jury has granted three subpoenas to the Department of Building and Safety, including one seeking personnel records for at least 11 current and former workers.

One of the two inspectors charged in the bribery cause pleaded guilty Thursday. Sixty-year-old Raoul Germain admitted to taking $6,000 in bribes.

The other inspector, 49-year-old Hugo Gonzalez, has pleaded not guilty.

Germain and Gonzalez were the targets of an FBI sting after an informant who worked at a construction site alleged they accepted bribes.

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  1. Ron says:

    Go get ’em !!! Thank you for expanding the investigation.

  2. Mel says:

    I’m a contractor in L.A. and by the way they Inspect things it seems that they are over inspecting. They are ridiculous in many ways. They make up their own rules so maybe a lot of them are looking for bribes, but I’m not going to offer 1 cent to them.
    It probably would be cheaper to pay them off, but I just have to bid more money in the projects. Not only that some of them are just plain Stupid and Ignorant.

  3. HooDatIS? says:

    THEY BRIBED ME TOO
    I WAS ON THE CORNER SLEEPING IN MY CARDBOARDBOX AND THEY TOLD ME I HAD TO MOVE OR PAY 75 THOUSAND
    I PAID IT
    NOW IM IN THE SEWER WITH THE NINJA TURTLES

    http://ethicalfutures.wordpress.com/about/

    1. Ron says:

      HooDatIS?:

      You must, just like to hear yourself FART !!

  4. cal says:

    cant believe they dont understand that lives are at risk. here in new york we had a crane fall and kill 7 people all due to the building inspector never inspecting the unit and filed reports that he did. then after new crane laws and rules were put into effect , another crane went up in queens. it was clear to the naked eye that this unit was very badly bent , placed right over a major street that is always filled with school buses and kids , traffic , homes and peds. this monster was 40 stories tall and looked brand new.it took over 3 months for someone else to catch on and condem and remove it. i always wondered if the corruption that was taking place at that time at the building department had any thing to due with everyone looking the other way. when i was a passenger in a car that traveled underneath it for the first and only time , i got the roller coaster belly rush. i could have called 311 or 911 , but there would have been no resolve. one would have said the other should be in charge of the problem . not like in california were the road, air space, sidewalks and freeway if needeed would have been shut down for the saftey of others. here its the give me the money and i will go have a sandwich. …… 29 arrested in building deprtment corruption probe queens new york sept -oct 2009 . …they dont use brick clips here on new constuction very often. i dont think the new yorkers know not to run into the street if a eartquake comes.a few years ago they found 7 new fault lines mnjknm jjjjjjjjj in manhatten. i have seen over 30 tall buildings go up without brick clips in the past 4 years. yes, the bricks will criss cross the streets and the fire station will not be responing due to the bricks falling into a pill infront of the station house . the only help anyone will get is when they and others remove the brick rubble from the entrance to the hospitol that you had to walk to.sorry to be so blunt, but i know calif building codes very well. this city does not even meet the 1970 ferderal building codes laws from 1970 that nixon put in placefor new construction. 90% of all buildings are faced in bricks here in new york city, from 1 story to 100 .END

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