RIVERSIDE – On November 12, 2009, a 155-count indictment against nine people was unsealed revealing massive corruption among elected officials in San Jacinto, along with their friends, family members and business connections.
“These illegal activities threaten the integrity of our democracy,” said District Attorney Rod Pacheco. “These elected officials were entrusted with power and misused that power to advance their own political ambition and to satisfy their greed.”
Steven Russell Holgate, 62; James Williams Ayres, 48; Nancy Jo Ayres, 44; Byron Jerry Ellison Sr, 70; Jimmie Dale Stubblefield Jr, 41; John Richard Mansperger, 41; Scott Douglas Shaull, 45; Robert Edward Osborne, 69; and James Walter Potts, 67, have been named in the 155-count indictment.
On April 14, 2008, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office received information that set forth various improprieties in the activities of San Jacinto City Councilman James William Ayres. In the following month, an investigation was commenced to review and verify the accuracy of the allegations set forth in the letter. Over the next 18 months investigators prepared and executed 32 search warrants including search warrants on the residences of San Jacinto Council Members Ayres, Mansperger and Stubblefield.
The conspiracy was designed to avoid the disclosures mandated by the Fair Political Practices Act and to avoid campaign contribution limits. The investigation further disclosed improprieties in the financial relationship between Stephen Russell Holgate, James William Ayres and Nancy Jo Ayres. Several other people played key roles at various stages of the inappropriate financial dealings.
The case, RIF153642, is being prosecuted by Supervising Deputy District Attorney Michael J. Cabral and Senior Deputy District Attorney Deborah Lucky.
--Randy Economy Blog