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Sweeping Riverside County corruption probe includes charges against 4 of 5 San Jacinto council members [Updated]

November 12, 2009 |  4:27 pm

Riverside County prosecutors today announced a 155-count indictment in a large public corruption investigation that includes charges against several elected officials.

The indictments target nine people, including four of the five members of the San Jacinto City Council,

The charges, which include 56 felony counts, allege that the participants, including the mayor of San Jacinto, conspired to launder campaign funds into campaign committees.

"These elected officials were entrusted with power and misused that power to advance their own political ambition and to satisfy their greed," said Riverside County Dist. Atty. Rod Pacheco.

[Updated at 4:56 p.m.:
Those indicted were Mayor Dale Stubblefield as well as council members Jim Ayres, John Mansperger and James Potts. Also indicted were Nancy Ayres, Byron Jerry Ellison, Stephen Holgate, Robert Osborne and Scott Shaull.]

San Jacinto is east of Riverside. The fast-growing city has a population of about 35,000. The city's website describes it as a "dynamic city located in the Inland Empire region of Southern California — one of the fastest growing regions in the nation."

More details are expected to be revealed at a news conference this afternoon in Riverside.

—David Kelly in Riverside