So earlier in the week I stumbled into a corruption story involving an LA area "property appraiser" in the LA Times:
A former Los Angeles County property appraiser accused of improperly slashing the value of more than 100 Westside homes and businesses was taken into custody in Oregon on Monday, marking the first arrest in the wide-ranging corruption probe into the assessor's office.
Prosecutors say Scott Schenter, 49, falsified department documents and unlawfully lowered property values by $172 million for multimillion-dollar homes and businesses. Schenter allegedly secured campaign contributions from the owners for Assessor John Noguez, authorities said.
"The magnitude of Schenter's suspected betrayal of public trust is almost inconceivable," Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said. "We believe his actions are not isolated."
Schenter, who resigned in lieu of termination in January 2011 after a supervisor discovered his misconduct, was charged last week with 60 felony counts for falsifying records, prosecutors said.
Scott Schenter. Scott Schenter. Hmm, the name sounded familiar but I couldn't make out why. So I went to the BN search archive and lo and behold it all clicked.
Yes, that's the same Mr. Schenter - who gifted us with the word "United States of China" - when he found himself in the middle of Joe McKnight SUV scandal at Southern Cal. The Same Mr. Schenter who fired off this classic to the LAT describing his "real job" (emphasis added):
What is my job? This one really showed your research capabilities! I am an entrepreneur that has his hands in numerous businesses and investment opportunities. My background is in Finance and Marketing. I am in South Africa closing a deal with major corporate sponsorship for the use of my "motion media" signage for Busivision. We just signed two huge contracts to distribute the signs in South Africa. The companies you mentioned in the article are two companies that I registered in May 2008, USC Marketing (United States China Marketing) and Brighter. What about Lumabright? I have not done anything with them. Teslavision also was a past partnership. These businesses are in the marketing business but I have nothing to do with agents, marketing players, or representing athletes. I have no experience in this business. What is my real job? I currently work for the Los Angeles County Assessor's office for over 21 years real estate appraising high value properties. You couldn't find that on the internet. I would rather be known for my expertise in my marketing and finance ventures (there are more) but my current job is working for Los Angeles County, I don't like to admit it but it is.
Oooh boy. Not sure what else is there to say here.