Bill Postumus, the former San Bernardino County Supervisor, and James Erwin, the county’s former assistant assessor were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of accepting bribes for a multi-million settlement.
This is the second time that the two former county officials have been arrested in connection with a political corruption probe. They are accused of accepting bribes to push for a $102 million settlement between the county and a developer, according to state and county prosecutors.
Prosecutors contend that Postmus accepted $100,000 from the developer for his vote in support of the settlement. According to them, the money was funneled through two political action committees that he secretly controlled.
Postmus then allegedly transferred $50,000 from one of the committees into his campaign account, using some of the funds for personal meals and entertainment.
According to the complaint, Colonies gave Erwin $100,000, which was deposited into a political action committee he allegedly controlled as well.
In addition to money, Erwin is accused of accepting gifts such as a private jet trip to New York, prostitutes and a watch. He was earlier charged with perjury for allegedly failing to report those gifts after he was appointed assistant assessor in 2007.
If convicted on all the new charges, Erwin faces up to 12 years in prison and Postmus faces up to eight. Both men are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday and both are expected to plead not guilty.
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