Former Beaumont officials plead guilty to corruption charges

December 19, 2017

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A former city manager and three other ex-officials of the Southern California city of Beaumont have pleaded guilty to charges in a sweeping corruption case.

Alan Kapanicas entered pleas Tuesday along with his former finance director, planning director and director of economic development. The charges ranged from embezzlement to conflict of interest and misappropriating public funds.

The four were sentenced to electronic monitoring for up to a year and to repay about $8 million to the city.

The pleas stem from a probe that found officials in the Riverside County city made contracts that benefited consulting firms they owned; provided interest-free loans to city employees and stole millions of dollars in developer fees intended for a regional agency.

A former police chief and public works director pleaded guilty in October.

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