LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County assessor John Noguez, a top aide and a campaign contributor were arrested Wednesday as part of an investigation into influence peddling and slashing of property taxes for political allies.
District Attorney Steve Cooley called it the most significant case of public corruption he has seen in his four decades in the district attorney's office.
Noguez was arrested along with his chief appraiser Mark McNeil and Arizona tax consultant Ramin Salari after being accused of conspiring to slash property values and save millions in property taxes for clients of Salari, a campaign contributor to Noquez.
At a news conference, Cooley declined to comment on whether owners of the properties knew of the conspiracy.
Defense attorney Michael J. Proctor said Cooley was engaged in a one-sided investigation aimed at "getting" Noguez.
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