Day: May 15, 2018

Parking Lot Operator Agrees to Plead Guilty in Scheme to Pay Bribes and Defraud the Department of Veteran’s Affairs out of $13+ Million

LOS ANGELES – The owner of a business that operated parking lots has agreed to plead guilty in a 15-year bribery scheme that allowed him to defraud the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs out of more than $13 million that should have been paid in relation to the operation of parking facilities on the VA’s Los Angeles medical campuses.

Attorney General Becerra and San Diego Water Board: We’re Ready to File Suit Over Public Health Threats Posed by Tijuana River Sewage

SAN DIEGO — After years of inaction by an international body responsible for protecting residents on both sides of the U.S. – Mexico border, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board today submitted to the United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (the U.S. Commission) a 60-Day Notice of Intent to Sue. In the Notice, Attorney General Becerra and the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board allege that the U.S. Commission, from 2015 to the present, has allowed more than 12 million gallons of wastewater that flows from the Tijuana River Watershed in Mexico into California to go untreated. This is a violation of the Clean Water Act and the U.S. Commission’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit issued by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board. The wastewater often contains excessive levels of pesticides, heavy metals, and bacteria.

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