03 August 2012
Investigators Probing Los Angeles County Assessor's Office
Probe into Los Angeles County assessor's office expands
"For months, prosecutors have been investigating allegations that a former county appraiser lowered tax bills for wealthy Westside property owners in a bid to drum up campaign cash for his boss, Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez.
Now, that corruption probe has expanded to include tax reductions allegedly made by the appraiser long before Noguez was elected assessor in November 2010. In fact, the appraiser, Scott Schenter, is suspected of engineering improper tax breaks for nearly a decade, according to documents obtained by The Times and interviews with former co-workers."
Considering the concerns that I have raised involving certain real estate transactions in Los Angeles County, is it any wonder that the assessor's office is being investigated?