- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 5, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former Los Angeles county official who allegedly accepted bribes from a real estate developer and a contractor for years has agreed to plead guilty to lying to FBI agents and subscribing to a false tax return.

Federal prosecutors say in a plea agreement filed Wednesday, Thomas Shepos of Palmdale acknowledged failing to report $434,000 in income over seven years, including more than $100,000 in bribes.

He could face up to eight years in prison.

Shepos negotiated leases and contract terms with private developers and contractors while working in LA County’s Real Estate Division. He retired last year.

Prosecutors say Shepos acknowledged taking bribes from an electrical contractor and from Arman Gabaee, a Beverly Hills developer who was seeking a $45 million government lease. Gabaee is facing bribery charges.

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