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S.B. County Colonies corruption case

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Monday morning is a big legal day for Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeffrey Burum, founder of and investor in National Community Renaissance “CORE” and Colonies Partners LP.

National CORE is the company that Yucca Valley Town Council chose to build, manage and control the Yucca Valley Senior Center presently under construction, having knowledge that National CORE’s offices were raided by the FBI and other state and federal agencies.

Burum is a key defendant in the largest criminal corruption case in San Bernardino County history.

The California Supreme Court will release its opinion in the case pertaining to a critical and technical legal issue involving and “aiding and abetting.”

You all remember Jeff Burum… the wealthy and flamboyant multimillionaire who gives rolex watches, free expense paid trips to China (including prostitutes) and free jet-golfing trips to public officials (and who know what else).

While The state Attorney General’s Office, which partnered with the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office in prosecuting the case, seems to believe that multiple felonies were committed, including bribery, aiding and abetting and influence peddling, Burum maintains they are are gifts to friends <wink, wink>.

Moreover, “ former Supervisor Paul Biane, former Assistant County Assessor and union president Jim Erwin, and Mark Kirk, former chief of staff for Supervisor Gary Ovitt, were indicted in May 2011 and charged with multiple felonies, including bribery, criminal conspiracy and tax evasion.”

What’s interesting is that a witless yet willing Yucca Valley Town Council selected National CORE under the controversial direction of fired and disgraced Town Manager Mark Nuaimi. Nuami is an alleged friend and /or business acquaintance of Burum.

See: The Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge, NATIONAL CORE Yucca Valley Senior Housing

Below is the story published in The Sun concerning the details of the Monday California Supreme Court Decision  that will heavily impact on Jeff Burum.

The Sun - California Supreme Court set to release opinion on San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case on Monday

The California Supreme Court is set to release its opinion on San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case at 10 a.m. Monday, according to the court’s website.

The issue: Can an individual accused of giving or offering a bribe also be charged with aiding and abetting the receipt of a bribe?

The high court’s decision will likely have a significant impact on the trajectory of the corruption case involving the county’s $102 million legal settlement with Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum’s investor group, Colonies Partners LP, in November 2006.

 State and local prosecutors allege the landmark legal settlement was tainted by bribery, extortion and blackmail.

Full story by Joe Nelson, The Sun <<

 

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Branson Hunter

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"The ends do not justify the means." If you use illegal mean to accomplish a legal and even desirable result, the good result does not make the bad means you used justifiable.

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  1. InlandPolitics: Colonies Case: It’s back to the Court of Appeal

    http://inlandpolitics.com/blog/2013/12/23/inlandpolitics-colonies-case-its-back-to-the-court-of-appeal/

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