Desert Sun Article
Beaumont officials plead guilty in $43M embezzlement case, get probation, fines, and no jail time.
The defendants were charged in a 33-count complaint, including alleged crimes of conflict of interest, embezzlement of public funds, misappropriation of public funds and conspiracy, according to a press release from the district attorney's office.
The defendants – including Beaumont's former city manager Alan Kapanicas, former economic development director David Dillon, former city planner Ernest Egger, and former finance director William Aylward – appeared Tuesday morning at the Riverside Hall of Justice, where they were ordered to pay a combined $8 million in restitution and placed on probation. None received jail sentences.
Aylward's attorney, James Taylor, made a comment and said that his client will start fresh in 2018 and pay his debt to society. But he added "at this point, I would feel (Aylward's) public service career has ended, unfortunately."
James Taylor, McKee's attorney, said the acquittals are a signal to Bennett that she should heed. Judge Patrick Magers announced that a second jury had found McKee not guilty on all charges. Those verdicts were reached Wednesday, but Magers then ruled that they be sealed and placed a gag order on all parties involved to prevent the outcome from influencing the other jury. McKee had been charged with the special allegation of multiple murders -- meaning that if he had been convicted, he could have been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
James Taylor, who represented Alfred Hernandez, said his client was facing up to life in prison
Beaumont officials plead guilty in $43M embezzlement case, get probation and fines. None received jail time.