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Former Rancho Cucamonga councilman gets two years in corruption case

December 15, 2010 |  4:09 pm

A former Rancho Cucamonga city councilman, convicted of grand theft and corruption related to his job at the San Bernardino County assessor’s office, was sentenced Wednesday to two years and eight months in prison.

Rex Gutierrez was forced to resign from the City Council after a jury in October convicted him of two counts of grand theft, one count of filing a false claim with the county and one count of conspiracy to commit a crime, authorities said.

The charges stemmed from Gutierrez's work for former Assessor Bill Postmus, who is also facing criminal charges, and were the result of a widespread and continuing investigation into corruption in San Bernardino County government.

Gutierrez was Postmus’ government relations advisor for 22 months but in reality spent his time doing political favors for Postmus, including helping the assessor’s political and financial supporters in the Rancho Cucamonga area, said Deputy Dist. Atty. John Goritz.

“It was essentially a sham job," said Goritz, who prosecuted Gutierrez.

Postmus, who was chairman of the county Board of Supervisors before becoming assessor in 2007, faces charges of misappropriation of public funds, grand theft, perjury and methamphetamine possession.

-- Phil Willon