过高的大麻贿赂导致前加州市长逮捕

Adelanto Richard Kerr的前加州市长由FBI代理商被逮捕,据称接受近60,000美元以换取与当地大麻行业许可相关的贿赂。
市长
Shutterstock.

一位前加州市长上周被联邦大陪审团在他接受了数千美元的相关商业活动大麻贿赂和回扣的指控被起诉后逮捕。

理查德·科尔(Richard Kerr)于上周五被联邦调查局(FBI)特工拘留,他曾于2014年至2018年担任加州阿德兰托市长。他被指控“收受超过5.7万美元的贿赂和回扣,作为交换,他批准了市政府批准各种类型的大麻商业活动的条例,并确保他的同谋者获得了市政府的许可证或批准某些大麻商业活动的许可证,”根据从美国司法部的新闻稿。

起诉书称,克尔“投票理事在市区划法规条例和阿德兰托的大麻药房许可证委员会,该委员会决定,将发行和申请者将接受他们药房的许可证的数量提供服务。”

这是科尔发现自己受到联邦审查的最新案例,也是阿德兰托的高级官员第二次被指控与大麻有关的阴谋。根据洛杉矶时报“联邦特工担任科尔的家,市政厅和当地的大麻药房搜查令”,而“当时的市长临TEM杰梅因·赖特被控类似的计划”在2017年。

2016年,当科尔还在担任阿德兰托市长时,加州选民通过了一项将娱乐性大麻使用合法化的措施,为规范市场铺平了道路。

司法部表示作为市长,科尔“支持大麻合法化,投票支持在该市种植大麻的法令,投票支持医用大麻药房的运营法令,投票批准医用大麻的分销、运输和测试,在其他商业大麻活动中。与此同时,科尔通过这些法令,秘密地利用他的职位为自己和他的同谋者中饱私囊。”

据说他有“起草区商业大麻活动,包括通过他的共同策划者使用的位置,而且他保证,他们所获得的许可证,并允许他们寻求-换取贿赂,回扣和礼物。”

科尔被指控的共谋者被描述为“一名专门处理原告侵权诉讼的律师——在起诉书中被称为‘a人’——以及两名被称为‘C人’和‘D人’的人——他们在纽约有商业利益,包括大麻种植。”

“The bribes and kickbacks were disguised by Kerr and his co-schemers as gifts, donations to a charitable fund, donations to Kerr’s election campaign, or advance payments for the proceeds of planned litigation associated with a motorcycle accident,” the Department of Justice said. “In exchange for the bribes and kickbacks, Kerr provided favorable official action on behalf of the city to Person A, Person C, and other co-schemers with business interests in the city by authorizing various types of commercial marijuana activities, ensuring his supporters obtained the licenses or permits they sought, and interfering with enforcement activities by city officials.”

美国司法部提供了两个具体的克尔涉嫌活动的例子,一个发生在2016年,另一个发生在2017年。第一次是围绕阿德兰托市议会在当年11月举行的一场公开讨论展开的,官员们讨论了所谓的“覆盖区”,那里将设立医用大麻药房。

“最初的计划包括两个区域,这两者都不包括早餐厅前购买的两个月某甲和他的配偶。在讨论过程中,克尔要求在第二覆盖区,从而扩大了区,包括一个人的业务边界的变化。The plans for the business initially called for the building to be an attorney’s office, although they included items such as ‘elongated sales counters,’ a ‘dispensing room,’ ‘cashier,’ and ‘security room,’” according to the indictment, as described by the DOJ.

On December 5 of that year, Kerr allegedly deposited a check that had the same date as when the meeting was held “from Person A’s real estate trust account into his bank account, and the check’s memorandum line read, ‘ADV XMAS FUND,’” the DOJ said.

It was also reported that in May 2017, the former Adelanto mayor also voted two times in support of a city ordinance that favored the marijuana dispensary overlap zone in which Person A’s business was to be located in. “In February, June and August of 2017, Kerr deposited three $10,000 checks from Person A’s law firm, with the memorandum lines of each check stating, ‘ADVANCE,’” according to the DOJ.

总计
114.
分享
留下一个回复

您的电子邮件地址不会被公开。必需的地方已做标记*

相关文章
总计
114.
分享