Moriarty said then the raids were part of “an ongoing political corruption investigation” that involved allegations of influence-peddling and campaign violations.
A federal political corruption probe has widened to include Moreno Valley City Hall, city officials have confirmed. Meanwhile, Councilman Richard Stewart said Wednesday, Aug. 28, that investigators have given him permission to say he is not a target of the investigation. Law enforcement agents would not confirm Stewart’s announcement.
During the initial raids, in the early-morning hours of April 30, federal and local law enforcement agents swarmed the homes of all five Moreno Valley City Council members, the house of politically connected real estate broker Jerry Stephens and the corporate office of Skechers warehouse developer Highland Fairview and its CEO, Iddo Benzeevi.
At that point, no search warrants were served at City Hall and nothing was taken there during the raids.
But on an unspecified later date, federal investigators subpoenaed an unknown number of city documents from City Hall, city officials and an attorney who represents one of the targets in the investigation now say. Officials offered few details about the documents taken.
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