By Associated Press - Friday, March 14, 2014

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - The founding director of Claremont McKenna College’s Rose Institute of Government has reached a plea deal in a federal bribery case.

David Alan Heslop is accused of conspiring to bilk the Twentynine Palms Band of Mission Indians out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in a construction contract kickback scheme.

The San Bernardino Sun reported Thursday ( that Heslop has agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery.

As part of the deal, Heslop will be allowed to appeal the charges brought against him. His lawyer, David Shapiro, says he doesn’t believe the charges constitute a federal crime. Heslop is due back in court March 24.

Two other defendants struck plea agreements with prosecutors last month. A case against a fourth person is pending.


Information from: The Sun,

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