Photos show L.A. building inspectors caught taking bribes, prosecutors allege
Authorities have released several photos allegedly showing elements of an elaborate bribery case involving two Los Angeles city building inspectors accused of accepting thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for approving and fast-tracking construction projects.
FBI agents arrested Hugo Joel Gonzalez, 49, of Eagle Rock and Raoul Joseph Germain, 59, of Altadena after an investigation that began with a tip from a confidential informant last summer.
The informant, a work site manager for a large residential property developer, was a participant in the sting operation, working with an undercover agent who posed as a contractor named "Manny Gonzalez."
-- Abby Sewell and David Zahniser
Photos: Federal prosecutors allege photos, at top and middle, show Raoul Joseph Germain taking a bribe. Third photo is of property that one of the alleged bribes involved. Credit: FBI