FBI warrants target possible conspiracy, bribery allegations tied to SBIA

SAN BERNARDINO – The FBI is investigating allegations of conspiracy, bribery, money laundering, wire and mail fraud and theft of federal funds in connection with Wednesday’s raid at San Bernardino International Airport, according to a federal search warrant.

Sources who received copies of the warrant on Wednesday and asked not to be identified confirmed the allegations. They also confirmed that investigators are hoping a truckload of documents seized during the raid will show a relationship between airport developer Scot Spencer and San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris, airport director Donald L. Rogers, aviation director Bill Ingraham and assistant director Michael Burrows, among others.

Spencer did not return several phone calls seeking comment.
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Boards to address FBI investigation at San Bernardino airport

An emergency joint meeting of the San Bernardino International Airport Authority board and the Inland Valley Development Agency board has been set for Friday to address the FBI’s serving of seven search warrants this week at the airport and the Riverside home of airport developer Scot Spencer.

The meeting was called by Josie Gonzales, who chairs the county Board of Supervisors, co-chairs the Inland Valley Development Agency board, and is a member of the airport authority board.

“I was angry,” Gonzales said. “I’m disappointed. I’m frustrated and angry because here we go again with not being able to get ourselves into positions of leadership and trust.”
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Pomona city councilman arrested

By Lori Consalvo on October 8, 2008 10:14 AM | Permalink | Comments (9)

City councilman Elliott Rothman was arrested for drunken driving Tuesday night, officials said.

The city has not released any more information on the incident.

Rothman was elected to the City Council in 1996 and re-elected in 2002, and 2006, according to his biography on the city’s Web site. He has served as council member for the past 12 years in District Five.

lori.consalvo@inlandnewspapers.com

Former Adelanto mayor and wife to pay restitution to Little League

VICTORVILLE- Former Adelanto Mayor James Nehmens and his wife, Kelly Nehmens, were ordered by a Superior Court judge to pay $82,739 to the city’s Little League as part of the embezzlement case against the couple.

The Nehmenses received the judicial order during proceedings today before Judge Annemarie Pace in Victorville Superior Court.

The husband and wife were each sentenced in July to six months in jail after admitting, as part of a plea bargain, that they stole thousands of dollars in fireworks proceeds from the city’s Little League organization. The Nehmenses reportedly took the money during a three-year period beginning in 2004, according to prosecutors.

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