Ex-Palm Springs Mayor Indicted On Bribery, Perjury Charges

Law360 (August 19, 2019, 6:40 PM EDT) -- A California grand jury has indicted the former mayor of Palm Springs for allegedly accepting $375,000 in bribes from two local developers and failing to disclose his financial ties to the developers in sworn statements, according to the Riverside District Attorney’s Office.

In a statement Friday, Riverside District Attorney Mike Hestrin announced that a criminal grand jury charged former Mayor Stephen Philip Pougnet and developers Richard Hugh Meaney and John Elroy Wessman with bribery, perjury, conspiracy and conflict of interest. Pougnet served as the mayor of Palm Springs from 2007 to 2015.

The 30-count indictment, which was returned on Aug. 15,...

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