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Hermosa Beach inspector charged with taking bribes

November 26, 2008 |  2:47 pm

This probably isn't what government officials have in mind when they refer to fast-tracking projects.

A Hermosa Beach city public works inspector was charged today by prosecutors with accepting cash kickbacks in exchange for speeding approval of construction projects. Victor Olando Jackson, 47, was charged by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office with seven felony counts of accepting bribes of between $160 and $600, said spokeswoman Jane Robison.

The incidents were reported between Jan. 1, 2006 and Oct. 31, 2008, Robison said. Jackson, who is on leave from his job pending the outcome of the criminal and administrative investigations, faces up to 10 years in state prison if convicted on all counts.

He was arrested Monday after surrendering to Hermosa Beach police and was later released in lieu of $175,000 bail.

If convicted on all counts, Jackson faces a maximum of 10 years in state prison.

--Andrew Blankstein