BEAUMONT, CA- More than a year after the FBI and Riverside County District Attorney’s office raided several locations connected to the city of Beaumont, officials say arrests have been made and charges are being filed.
Additional details about who was arrested and what charges they are facing will not be released until a press conference at 3 p.m.
The Desert Sun is reporting that seven officials connected to the city are now facing embezzlement charges.
The newspaper says those charged include: former City Manager Alan Kapanicas, former Police Chief Frank Coe, former Public Works Director Deepak Moorjani, former City Attorney Joseph Aklufi, former Economic Development Director David William Dillon, former Finance Director William Aylward and former City Planner Ernest Egger.
Banning-Beaumont Patch has also discovered that at least four of those men are now jailed. According to online booking records, they discovered:
Alan Charles Kapanicas was arrested at 9:10 a.m. on Sunrise Mountain View in Palm Desert. He was booked into the Indio jail at 11:47 a.m.
William Kevin Aylward was booked into the Banning jail Tuesday at 11:24 a.m.
Joseph Sandy Aklufi was booked into the Riverside jail at 12:28 p.m.
Four Former Beaumont City Officials Now Jailed in Public Corruption Case was booked into the Riverside jail at 12:21 p.m.
Deepak Moorjani was booked into the Riverside jail at 12:21 p.m.
“Our city deserves closure at this point, and this is one step closer,” Beaumont City Councilman Mark Orozco said Tuesday afternoon following the DA’s announcement.
The investigation dates back to April 22, 2015, when authorities from both the FBI and District Attorney’s office filed into town to search city hall and Urban Logic Consultants. They also searched the house of former city manager Alan Kapanicas in Palm Desert.