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Assessor Noguez denied bail reduction, remains in jail

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Los Angeles County Assessor John R. Noguez remains behind bars after Wednesday court appearance.

By Brian Hews

Jailed Los Angeles County Assessor John R. Noguez appeared in a Downtown Los Angeles Superior court room Wednesday afternoon in hopes of having his $1.16 million bail reduced to no avail.

David Demerjian, Senior District Attorney who oversees the Public Integrity for the County of Los Angeles confirmed to Los Cerritos Community Newspaper that Noguez bail will “remain at $1.16 million dollars.”

Demerjian also told LCCN that Noguez is not scheduled to be back in court until January 22, 2013 for a “preliminary hearing.”

Noguez is the central figure in a massive criminal corruption case that has already resulted in the arrest of high powered tax agent Ramin Salari, Assessor Major Property Appraiser Mark McNeill and former Assessor Appraiser Scott Schenter. Salari, McNeill and Schenter have all posted bail.

This week, Noguez marks his first month in solitary confinement in a Downtown Los Angeles jail cell.

LCCN has been told by key law enforcement officials that there are additional arrests forthcoming.

Copyright by Los Cerritos Community Newspaper. Republishing with proper attribution only. Posted 3:34 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14, 2012.

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