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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Operation Phoenix center manager appeared in court today

Former Operation Phoenix Center Manager Michael Miller made an appearance today for a status hearing on his alleged molestation case in San Bernardino Superior Court.

Miller is scheduled to return to court Nov. 4 for a pre-preliminary hearing and Nov. 6 for a preliminary hearing. Miller’s lawyer, Deputy Public Defender Sam Knudsen could not confirm whether the preliminary hearing would actually take place on that date.

At a preliminary hearing, prosecutors present some of the evidence and testimony in support of the charges against the defendant. A judge then determines whether there is sufficient evidence to hold over the defendant for trial.

Operation Phoenix is the crime prevention program of Mayor Pat Morris.

Michael Miller

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