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Appraiser arraigned in County Assessor probe

May 25, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A former appraiser appeared in court Friday to answer charges he faked documents and reduced property values in exchange for campaign contributions for Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez. It's part of an ongoing investigation of the Assessor's Office.

L.A. County Appraiser Scott Schenter was arrested in Oregon Monday and has been charged with 60 counts of corruption after values of over 100 properties in West L.A. were allegedly purposely lowered from 1988 to 2011 in exchange for campaign contributions to Schenter's boss, County Assessor John Noguez.

Schenter claims he was pressured by Noguez to lower property values of the homes by more than $170 million to raise campaign money. Noguez denies the allegations but has acknowledged that Schenter helped raise money for campaign.

District Attorney investigators have searched Noguez's home and office and L.A. County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley says the incidents are not isolated. An investigating has also been launched into Noguez's campaign contributors and office employees.

The city has reportedly lost hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue because of the scandal.

Schenter is due back in court on June 5. He was held on $1.5 million.


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