A real estate developer in Beverly Hills is facing a federal bribery charge for allegedly giving money to a Los Angeles County employee in exchange for government leases. Authorities claim that Arman Gabaee, 57, gave a county employee $1,000 every month over the course of six years in exchange for government leases, non-public information, and other benefits for the developer. Prosecutors also claim that Mr. Gabaee offered to purchase the employee a home worth $1.1 million in exchange for a 10-year lease at one of the developer’s properties in Hawthorne, which would be worth $45 million.
The payments allegedly began in 2010 or 2011, when the employee who has remained unnamed began to run interference for Mr. Gabaee and other county departments to get him the information, building repairs, and leases for his properties. If convicted, Mr. Gabaee could face up to 10 years in federal prison for a single federal bribery charge.
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The federal criminal system varies greatly from California state court, and it is vitally important that a person has a criminal defense attorney with experience in federal criminal court from the moment that person thinks that he or she is being investigated for a federal crime. Federal agents sometimes bring in suspects for interrogation prior to arrest. The way in which federal authorities gather evidence is different than the state.
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