San Bernardino, CA
Testimony in San Bernardino County’s infamous Public Corruption, Colonies Lawsuit Settlement case has continued to unfold as the prosecuting attorney presents his case.
One of the ways the D.A. is laying a foundation of alleged corruption is by exploring, through witness testimony, contributions to specific Political Action Committees as revealed in campaign finance related documents; in addition to examining the credibility of the Political Action Committees themselves.
Those who testified last week included Tim Johnson, a political associate of Paul Biane; Betty Presley, an accountant from Santa Margarita; “Kitty” Stennett, a Republican Party volunteer; Kathleen Rough; Anthony Riley, former employee of Bill Postmus; former San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry; Jeffrey Bentow, formerly associated with Bill Postmus fundraising activities; Michael Gallagher, a developer; and current county supervisor Curt Hagman.
The case rests on the premise that Jeff Burum, a co-partner in Colonies Development Partners, LLC., worked with Jim Erwin, former Assistant County Assessor, and allegedly pressured then county supervisors Bill Postmus and Paul Biane to support a favorable settlement ($102M) for Colonies Partners in a lawsuit against the county. (The suit involved flood control issues at the Colonies at San Antonio residential and Colonies Crossroads commercial developments in the City of Upland.) They did so by threatening to expose salacious and embarrassing details of Postmus’ and Biane’s personal lives.
In exchange for their support, Postmus and Biane were purportedly paid $400,000 each with the money reportedly funneled through Political Action Committees or PACs, established by the San Bernardino County Young Republicans.
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