Ex Mayor Pougnet Pleads Not Guilty in Palm Springs corruption case

Steve Pougnet exits the Larson Justice Center smiling as he’s out on $25,000 bail. He and two others were at their arraignment on numerous counts of bribery and corruption involving downtown developments. He pleaded not guilty on all counts.

Prosecutors allege Pougnet, 56, accepted as much as $375,000 from businessmen John Wessman, 60, and Richard Meaney, 53, between 2012 and 2014. In exchange, prosecutors claim, Pougnet would advocate for the developers’ projects.

This case has been going on for two years now because of a series of delays. For the rest of the story, read the local coverage HERE>

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