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Former S.B. County Assessor Postmus Pleads Guilty

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Agrees to cooperate with ongoing investigation

William J. Postmus pleaded guilty to the offenses charged in both the Colonies Conspiracy case and to the charged offenses in the separate Assessor case.

The pleas were taken in front of Superior Court Judge Michael A. Smith. As part of the plea agreement with the District Attorney and the Attorney General, Postmus agreed to cooperate in the ongoing investigation and to testify truthfully in subsequent proceedings. If he gives truthful testimony in all future proceedings, the further agreement is that he will be sentenced on the following three felony charges: Conspiracy to Accept a Bribe (Penal Code 182) and Conflict of Interest (Government Code 1090) in the Colonies Conspiracy case for actions while he was Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, and to Misappropriation of Public Funds (Penal Code 424) while he was County Assessor in that separate case. The remaining charges would be dismissed. There was no agreement on sentence.

Postmus would face a maximum of 5 years in State Prison for the above three charges. The Court may take into consideration his degree of cooperation at the time of pronouncement of judgment. Postmus' admission today to a Conflict of Interest may lead to further proceedings in the civil courts seeking to void the $102 million Colonies settlement.

His next court appearance will be October 14, 2011, for a Status Conference.

District Attorney Michael Ramos stated, "The plea today resulted from the filing of Conspiracy charges in connection with the Colonies Settlement last year by my Office and the Attorney General and demonstrates that public officials will be held accountable for violations of the public trust while in office. The District Attorney’s Office and the Attorney General will continue to vigorously pursue our investigation and prosecutions in this joint effort to seek justice for the citizens of San Bernardino County."

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