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Additional Charges Filed Against Assessor John Noguez

By Brian Hews

Additional charges have been filed against Los Angeles County Assessor John R. Noguez on Tuesday.

Los Cerritos Community Newspaper spoke to a member of the legal team for Noguez who confirmed the situation.

Los Angeles County District Attorney officials are in the process of preparing a formal statement to members of the media as of 12 p.m.

LCCN has also learned that no additional arrests in the massive political corruption case will be conducted today.

Stay tuned for additional details here at Los Cerritos Community Newspaper.

Statement from the DA’s office:

LOS ANGELES – District Attorney Jackie Lacey today announced that the embezzlement and bribery case against County Assessor John Noguez, his chief appraiser and Arizona tax consultant Ramin Salari was amended to add 41 new counts alleging an additional loss of $9.8 million in taxpayer money.

The amended complaint filed today is part of a continuing investigation into public corruption at the Assessor’s Office. Deputy District Attorneys Craig Hum, Susan Schwartz and Michele Gilmer are prosecuting the case.

Noguez, Salari and Mark McNeil, a principal assessor promoted by Noguez to head the Major Appraisal Division, all pleaded not guilty to charges contained in the amended complaint.

In addition to filing an amended complaint, prosecutors announced that they moved to seize more than $9 million in assets and property belonging to defendant Salari, 50, a tax consultant and campaign contributor to Noguez.

The amended complaint charges the 48-year-old Noguez and Mark McNeil, 55, with 11 new counts each of misappropriation of public funds.

Salari is charged with 41 new counts, including 11 of misappropriation of public funds, 16 of bribery, and seven counts each of embezzlement and grand theft.

The amended complaint alleges that Salari paid more than $175,000 in bribes to former county appraiser Scott Schenter between 2002 and 2007 to reduce the appraised values on Salari-represented properties.

Schenter, who worked from 1988 to early 2011 as a county appraiser, was charged last year in a separate complaint with allegedly slashing values on multi-million dollar homes, condos and businesses in Beverly Hills, Brentwood and Pacific Palisades. He allegedly secured campaign contributions from the owners of those homes and businesses for Noguez.

The 41 new charges involve 18 properties that were assessed at lower property values throughout Los Angeles County, including Pasadena, Torrance and Van Nuys.

In court today, prosecutors asked Judge Shelly Torrealba to dismiss a total of five counts of misappropriation against all three defendants. Prosecutors determined after further investigation that the five counts did not involve a loss in taxpayer money.

Noguez is charged now with 30 felony counts, including four counts of accepting bribes; five counts of perjury; two counts of conspiracy; and 19 counts of misappropriation by a public officer. The complaint alleges the fraud and embezzlement exceeds $500,000. If convicted as charged, Noguez faces up to 38 years in state prison.

Salari is charged now with 59 felony counts, including 24 counts of bribing an executive officer; two counts of conspiracy; 19 counts of misappropriation; seven counts of embezzlement; and seven counts of grand theft. If convicted, he faces up to 60 years in state prison.

McNeil is charged with 20 felony counts, including one count of conspiracy and 19 counts of misappropriation by a public officer. If convicted, he faces up to 29 years in state prison.


  • Alfred the Great says:

    Randy, who were the donors to the Huntington Park fund and who put up the money for the bail money? Also, where can we see the official filings for the new charges?

    • Alfred….
      As soon as we receive the formal filing documents on the additional charges against Noguez, Salari, Schenter and McNeil they will be published by Los Cerritos Community Newspaper.

      There have been 11 individuals who contributed to Mr. Noguez bail fund. The actual names of those contributors and the amounts they donated will not be made public until the official “pre-trial” that is now expected in late June.

      I have been told off the record who contributed in to the “bail fund” and as we have reported in the past, most of them are long time personal friends and extended family members.

      We did confirm that one of the donors contributed more than $600,000.00 in “collateral” for his original bail.

      Thanks for the great question.

      Randy Economy
      Investigative Reporter
      Los Cerritos Community Newspaper
      [email protected]

  • Victor says:

    WRD director Sergio Calderon was seen hanging with John Noguez two days ago. They were laughing and bonding to tell us “F… You average Joe the tax payer” . One ,John Noguez, stills our property tax money to get $185,000 in bribe. The other one Sergio Calderon illegally increases our water rate to pay millions of $ to law offices of Francico Leal.. F….ing THIEVES
    Is Sergio Calderon part of City Of Maywood’ and AAE on going investigation? Yes he is.

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