San Bernardino officials back away from corruption charges

From Orange County Register:

San Bernardino officials — from city hall to law enforcement — are distancing themselves from City Attorney James Penman’s statements last week that financial documents had been falsified in at least 13 of the last 16 years, making it appear the city was in rosier condition.

As San Bernardino headed toward bankruptcy, Penman alluded to investigations by the police department as well as the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s Office. But Sheriff Rod Hoops told the Riverside Press-Enterprise that the multi-agency investigation was not related to the pending bankruptcy. City officials surmised that the probe centered on alleged bid-rigging by two employees.

Gwendolyn Waters, acting assistant city manager and a police captain, told the Watchdog that she didn’t believe authorities were looking at budget-related crimes. Sure, accounting errors had been made, numbers transposed, but nothing sinister, she said.

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