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Photos show L.A. building inspectors caught taking bribes, prosecutors allege

April 9, 2011 |  8:56 am

Bribes - Germain $1,500 bribe(2)
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.

Bribes - Germain taking payment in car
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."

Hugo Gonzalez accepted $9,000 in bribes from the undercover agent and informant, while Germain took $6,000 from the agent during the investigation, according to affidavits filed with the criminal complaints.

Bribes - Gonzalez gave final OK to this house
Read the full report on the alleged bribes here.

-- 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