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Colonies key witness says he’s “100 percent certain” there were no bribes

By in Press Enterprise on May 17, 2017

By Joe Nelson, Richard K. De Atley

SAN BERNARDINO >> Former San Bernardino County Supervisor Chairman Bill Postmus testified Tuesday in the Colonies corruption trial that he never thought a $102 million settlement favorable to a Rancho Cucamonga developer 11 years ago would result in kickback money to him — a statement that goes to the heart of the six-year-old case.

Postmus, testifying for his eighth day, told defense attorney Jennifer Keller he was “100 percent” certain that he was not getting a bribe when he and three others each received $100,000 from Colonies Partners LP in 2007. The money came in the form of contributions to political action committees the recipients were affiliated with and which prosecutors allege were used to conceal the bribes.

A prosecution witness, Postmus has now testified several times he did not see the money as a bribe. Postmus was once a defendant in the case, but made a plea deal with prosecutors in 2011 to testify against the others.

He also agreed Tuesday with defense suggestions that his damaging statements made during the 2011 investigation was affected by his addiction to methamphetamine and by suggestions from District Attorney investigators to change his narrative.

Postmus at one point brought up, unprompted, his practice of huffing during 2011 because he had built up a tolerance for methamphetamine and was no longer feeling the euphoric effects of the drug. He said huffing – inhaling chemical vapors from substances such as aerosols – causes memory loss and brain damage.

“That became my new addiction in the latter part of my using before I finally got clean, and that is much more worse than amphetamines,” Postmus said.

He said his huffing peaked in 2011. Postmus maintains he has been sober since 2012.

Keller noted how the content of Postmus’s statements migrated from neutral to damaging during his five recorded interviews with […]    

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