Los Angeles inspectors charged with accepting bribes
It’s always sad to read about building inspectors who get caught up in the criminal justice system because they commit criminal acts. Los Angeles has a scandal going on because 2 building inspectors were arrested on suspicion of accepting bribes. The Los Angeles Times reports that 2 inspectors accepted $9,000 and $6,000 each from an undercover informant. The informant said that in some cases payment was the only way to avoid delays and to pass inspections. According to court documents, inspectors never even looked at the properties many times. More developments are expected because the informant said that the corruption was systemic.
When an inspector accepts a bribe, it raises the issue as to whether these properties contain dangerous conditions due to this type of corruption. Unfortunately, honest inspectors suffer a loss of respect in the eyes of the public due to this criminal activity.