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POLITICAL SCANDALS: Key figures who have faced legal penalties in San Bernardino County political scandals include:

SOL LEVIN:
Sentenced in 2000 to a year
and a day in custody and two
years of probation. The
former San Bernardino
County investment officer
accepted cash and travel from
businessman Richard Tisdale
in exchange for helping him
win county contracts.
JAMES HLAWEK: The county’s KENNETH JAMES WALSH: JERRY EAVES: The former county HARRY MAYS: Sentenced THOMAS O’DONNELL:
chief administrative officer Sentenced to 18 months in supervisor pleaded guilty in 2004 in 2000 to two years in
Former elected treasurer/tax
from 1994 to 1998, Hlawek prison and fined. The to conspiring to violate prison and fined. A former
collector sentenced in 2000
testified that he received former vice president of California’s Political Reform Act county administrative
to spend one year and one
bribes from William S. “Shep” Norcal Solid Waste by failing to disclose gifts – free officer and later a
day in a federal halfway house
McCook, a billboard company Systems Inc. pleaded guilty hotel stays in Las Vegas provided consultant to Norcal,
and pay fines and restitution
owner. Hlawek pleaded guilty in 1999 to paying bribes to by McCook. Eaves was fined Mays was convicted of
for collaborating with Levin,
in 1999 to accepting bribes in Hlawek in order to win an $10,000 and ordered to serve bribing Hlawek to get the
Hlawek and Tisdale to steer
other cases and was fined and exclusive contract to run three years of unsupervised company landfill contracts
contracts to Tisdale.
sentenced to three years’ county landfills. probation. worth $200 million.
probation.

MIKE RICHMAN
Principal of MPR
Strategies
Sued for conducting
political business while
under county contract
and while using county
resources.
MPR received a
contract in July 2007
for about $49,200, just
BILL POSTMUS: Former county ADAM ALEMAN: JIM ERWIN: Former REX GUTIERREZ GREG EYLER under the level that
assessor sued by San Former assistant Intergovernmental Former taxpayer requires supervisors'
assistant assessor
Bernardino County for creating assessor was sued by relations officer was advocate was sued approval. The contract
sued by the county for
an executive staff of San Bernardino sued for conducting for conducting purportedly was for
conducting political
superfluous positions to act as County for the political activity on county political activity on communications and
business on county time.
his personal political machine Richman contract, for time and time-card fraud. county time and public relations, but
He was a leader in Neil
and orchestrating a nearly conducting political Lawsuit states he timecard fraud. Richman conducted
Derry's campaign for Third
$50,000 contract for crony business on county conducted virtually no Eyler was appointed virtually no assessor-
District supervisor and
Mike Richman, who did no work time, for timecard work related to the in January 2007 and related tasks. He had
discussed campaign
for the assessor's office. Also fraud and breach of assessor's office. It served until January been paid $47,910 by
strategy with Richman and
accused of approving fiduciary duty. states that Gutierrez, a 2009, when he the county when the
Postmus. Also accused of
fraudulent timecards and Aleman was appointed Rancho Cucamonga city transferred to contract was
time card fraud. Erwin was
breach of fiduciary duty. assistant assessor in councilman, worked on another county terminated in July 2008.
assistant assessor from
Postmus was elected assessor January 2007 and council business and department. He was
January 2007 to November
in 2006 after serving six years resigned July 11, 2008, other political and terminated in
2007, when he went on paid
on the Board of Supervisors. when he was arrested personal activities. February 2009.
leave. His employment was
He was arrested for for investigation of Gutierrez served from
terminated in May 2008.
investigation of drug violations giving false evidence March 2007 to
Erwin was arrested in
in January, but has not yet been and destroying public December 2008, when
March on 10 felony
charged, and resigned from records. he transferred to
charges, including eight of
the assessor post on Feb. 13. another county office. He
perjury, for failing to report
He states that he is in a rehab was terminated from that
gifts he received while a
program for drug abuse. job Wednesday, May 12.
county employee.
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