Former Beaumont Officials Guilty in Corruption Case – Admit Engaging in Fraud
Four former Beaumont officials accused of corruption pleaded guilty Tuesday, Dec. 19, to charges including embezzlement, misappropriation of public funds and conflict of interest, and agreed to pay a total of $8.1 million in restitution.
The money must be paid to the Western Riverside Council of Governments, which filed a lawsuit alleging that Beaumont officials diverted $43 million from a regional transportation program between 2003 and 2009.
In October, former Beaumont public works director Deepak Moorjani pleaded guilty to a felony conflict of interest charge and agreed to pay $3 million to WRCOG.
The money is to be paid “forthwith” from assets previously …