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No Criminal Charges in HHS Lease Controversy

No Criminal Charges in HHS Lease Controversy

No county criminal charges will be brought in relation to the controversial Amador County Health and Human Services building lease. In a special report that was highly critical of the lease, the Amador County Grand Jury asked Amador County District Attorney Todd Riebe to examine the issue to see if anyone on the Board of Supervisors or Amador County employees violated criminal codes. Riebe told KVGC they found no evidence to support criminal charges against anyone. Riebe said he also wanted to expand the investigation because it was implied that $400,000 the Board accepted from the developer may have been a bribe. Riebe says that also is not the case. Riebe said there was a possibility that the Board may have violated the Brown Act by not property noticing a closed session meeting, but it wasn’t clear if that happened and the statute of limitations on any violations ran out in 2009 anyway. Riebe says while their investigation is over, he is handing over their findings and evidence to state officials who may or may not look into possible civil cases.


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