Federal Task Force Probing Alleged OC Corruption
SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com/AP) — A federal and local task force is investigating corruption in Orange County — one of several Southern California regions under scrutiny.
FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller tells the Voice of OC that an agreement was signed in April by her agency, the IRS, U.S. attorney’s office and the county district attorney’s office.
The task force was formed the same month that a county grand jury issued a report citing decades of county scandals. However, Eimiller says the force wasn’t created in response to that report.
Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach told KNX 1070’s Mike Landa that he has nothing to hide.
“My life in an open book,” he said, adding that he is concerned about being implicated by the possible wrongdoing of others.
“If someone here in the county is doing something that is illegal and I’m sorta drawn in in some bizarre way because they want to do a task force investigating the county as a whole, that I’m not very appreciative of,” he said.
There also have been task force probes in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, resulting in last year’s bribery conviction of a former Upland mayor.
California regulators also are investigating 14 Orange County officials for potential conflicts of interest involving a public health plan.
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