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|August 21, 2017|
Alleged corruption strikes again in Beaumont
BEAUMONT – (INT) – The specter of corruption continues to hang over city government.
City Councilman Mark Orozco has been indicted by the Riverside County Grand Jury on suspicion of soliciting a bribe and nine counts of perjury for falsely identifying campaign funds on a required disclosure document.
The District Attorney’s office emphasized the indictment is unrelated to the pending criminal case involving former Beaumont city officials.
Citing the confidentiality of Grand Jury proceedings, the DA the declined to issue additional information about the evidence presented to the jurors.
In a separate statement, the City of Beaumont cited verbal allegations from 'credible sources outside the organization' (City Hall) that touched off an investigation of Orozco. Those allegations were turned over to the DA’s office.
“If the City ever receives a credible complaint from a reliable source about any of our elected or appointed officials, we will report it immediately to the appropriate agency,” Mayor Lloyd White said. “Beaumont has made great strides over the past two years,” said Mayor White. “We have achieved financial stability and are on our way to becoming a premier city. We still have a lot of work to do,” he said.
Orozco is to surrender on May 25th at the Hall of Justice in Riverside for arraignment. His bail is set at $25,000.
Story Date: May 19, 2017