- Associated Press - Friday, October 20, 2017

BEAUMONT, Calif. (AP) - The former public works director of Beaumont has pleaded guilty in a corruption case and must pay back $3 million to the Southern California city.

The Riverside County district attorney’s office says Deepak Moorjani entered a plea Friday to conflict of interest.

Prosecutors say Moorjani acknowledged that his consulting company was involved in making city contracts that benefited the firm and took millions of dollars in developer fees intended for a regional agency.

He’s the second ex-official sentenced this week.

Ex-Police Chief Francis Dennis Coe Jr. pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a misdemeanor count of conspiracy to commit theft. He was sentenced to 200 hours of community service. He also paid back $50,000 in interest-free city loans.

Five other former officials, including the city manager, also face corruption charges.

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