The LA Times
A former councilman from the city of Adelanto has been convicted of taking a $10,000 bribe to help a cannabis business open and hiring someone to burn down his restaurant for an insurance payout.
After a six-day trial, Jermaine Wright, 46, was found guilty Wednesday by a federal jury of one count of bribery of programs receiving federal funds and one count of attempted arson of a building affecting interstate commerce, according to the U.S. attorney’s office for the Central District of California.
Federal prosecutors started their corruption probe into Adelanto in early 2017 after receiving reports of officials taking bribes.
Wright was acting mayor pro tem when he was approached by an informant who introduced him to an undercover FBI agent posing as a potential cannabis business owner, according to federal prosecutors.
The agent asked Wright for a favorable vote in expanding the city’s cannabis business zone so that his business could operate elsewhere. The undercover agent also asked for protection from code enforcement related to his marijuana transportation business.
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