San Bernardino County supervisor charged with perjury, failing to report contribution
A San Bernardino County Supervisor was charged Tuesday with three criminal counts connected to his alleged failure to report a $5,000 campaign contribution, according to court records.
Supervisor Neil Derry was charged with two felony counts of perjury and filing a false or forged document in connection with the July 2007 contribution, according to a criminal complaint filed by the California attorney general's office.
The complaint, filed in San Bernardino County Superior Court, alleges that Derry "knowingly and willfully" failed to report the contribution from Arnold Stubblefield-Highland Town Shops, which would be a misdemeanor violation.
Derry could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.
The contribution was made to the Inland Empire Political Action Committee, controlled by former San Bernardino County Supervisor William Postmus, according to a declaration filed in support of the complaint.
Postmus pleaded guilty in March to three corruption charges and agreed to cooperate in an ongoing investigation in San Bernardino County.
According to the declaration, Postmus told investigators that he agreed with Derry and one of his campaign aides to "launder" $5,000 to $10,000 in contributions intended for Derry through the Inland Empire committee.
"Postmus understood that Derry did not want to take ... these contributions directly to his campaign," state Department of Justice Special Agent Shannon Williams said in the declaration.
A spokesman for Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris said Tuesday that Derry could receive a maximum sentence of four years in state prison if convicted. The attorney general was planning to forward evidence to the state Fair Political Practices Commission for possible administrative charges, the spokesman said.
-- Robert J. Lopez