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Former L.A. County Planner Arrested For Fraud

Prosecutors in Los Angeles say they could bring criminal charges against property owners in a massive fraud case involving forged deeds and certificates. A former Los Angeles County planner was arrested this week for actions which may have cost the county more than two million dollars in unpaid land development fees.

A deputy district attorney says those who knew the documents were phony may be the next targets in the investigation. Former county planner Emmet Taylor has been charged with 97 counts of forgery and falsification of public records. County officials alleged Taylor received about 500 thousand dollars for processing illegal land division certificates between 1995 and 2000. That allegedly allowed landowners to skip the public review or environmental impact study process and avoid paying thousands in county planning fees. Many of the lands involved are in the Antelope Valley and Santa Clarita area.