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County assessor John Noguez arrested *

DA investigators arrested embattled Assessor John Noguez this morning at his home in Huntington Park. Allegations include bribery and corruption, the LA Times reports. "Officials are expected to release the full criminal complaint later Wednesday against Noguez, a career county appraiser who was elected to his agency’s top job in 2010," the Times said. Arraignment also is expected this afternoon. Noguez has been under investigation for a year over influence-peddling reports about his office. He took a paid leave of absence in June during the investigation.

Added: The Times reports that Ramin Salari, a professional property tax consultant and Noguez campaign contributor, was also arrested at his home in Encino, and that Mark McNeil, an employee in the assessor's office, was arrested in West Los Angeles.

Afternoon update: Noguez accepted $185,000 in bribes from Salari and cost taxpayers $1.16 million, according to prosecutors. Coverage of Noguez' arrest: LA Weekly


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