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Former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus charged with bribery

California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday the filing of bribery charges against former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus.

The complaint alleges that Postmus took a $100,000 bribe to cast a vote in support of what Brown's office is calling a "fraudulent settlement" that in 2005 allocated $102 million to Colonies Partners, a Rancho Cucamonga developer.

[Updated at 2:46 p.m.: The charges filed by Brown's office stem from alleged activities during Postmus' tenure as a San Bernardino County supervisor, a position Postmus held before his appointment as assessor in 2007. Postmus resigned as assessor in February 2009.]

Brown also filed charges against James Erwin, former chief of staff to San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry. Postmus faces a maximum of eight years in state prison if convicted. Erwin faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted.

Postmus, once considered a rising star in the Republican Party, fell from political grace after revealing he was battling a substance-abuse problem.

-- Anthony York in Sacramento

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