Former City Inspector To Be Charged With Bribery
A former building inspector for the city of Santa Clarita is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 30 on charges he accepted more than $30,000 in bribes while issuing and signing off on building permits, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office reported today.
Craig Allen Ingraham, 58, was charged Aug. 29 with seven counts of accepting bribes and one count of issuing a check with insufficient funds, said Deputy District Attorney Sean Hassett with the Public Integrity Division.
The complaint alleges that Ingraham accepted cash, cigars, a sink and vanity, and a $29,000 loan in exchange for issuing and signing off on building permits. Ingraham allegedly accepted the bribes between March 1, 2007 and Dec. 22, 2008.
“The City of Santa Clarita takes this matter very seriously. Upon learning certain allocation involving [Ingraham], we took immediate and appropriate which included turning the matter over to the LA County Sheriff’s DPT for further investigation. No information has come forward to indicate that this goes beyond Ingraham and the alleged victim,” said Heather Leuning from the City of Santa Clarita's Public Information office.
“The City is currently reviewing its policies and procedures to make sure that we are taking all the necessary steps to prevent this from happening again," Leuning added.
The complaint also alleges that Ingraham issued a $30,600 check from his JP Morgan Chase Bank account knowing that he had insufficient funds.
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The Canyon Country resident, who no longer works for the city, was arrested Sept. 1 by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies and later released on $50,000 bond.
If convicted, he faces up to 10 years, eight months in state prison, according to the District Attoney's office.