Ex-Beaumont councilman Mark Orozco gets probation in bribery, perjury case
By Craig Shultz
Former Beaumont City Councilman Mark Orozco was sentenced to three years of formal probation and six months of home confinement Tuesday morning, Oct. 24, after pleading guilty to felony bribery and perjury charges earlier this month.
The sentence was handed down by Judge Samuel Diaz Jr., who also ordered Orozco to pay a $10,000 fine.
Orozco, 40, who has been free on bail, could have faced four years in prison on each count if he had not reached a plea deal with the District Attorney’s office.
Orozco pleaded guilty Sept. 28 to soliciting a bribe from Pardee Homes and to a new case of perjury filed that day for falsifying a campaign form.
On that form, prosecutors say he made it appear that fellow council member Nancy Carroll received a donation that she did not.
Riverside County District Attorney’s Office investigators said they found that Orozco inappropriately controlled the Move Beaumont Forward PAC and used it to support candidates for the November 2016 Beaumont City Council election.
Carroll was elected and angered Orozco when she voted for Lloyd White as mayor and not him, a DA’s office news release stated.
So Orozco told the treasurer of Move Beaumont Forward that he was going to retaliate for Carroll’s vote and ordered the treasurer to falsify a campaign disclosure form to make it appear as if the purchase of political signs for Carroll’s campaign was actually a cash donation, the release stated.
Carroll’s campaign would not have had to report the signs but would have had to claim any monetary contributions, prosecutors said. After that falsification was made, emails circulated accusing Carroll of lying on her campaign disclosure forms resulting in the Fair Political Practices Commission receiving a complaint against her, prosecutors’ release stated.
The bribery conviction results from a grand jury indictment charging Orozco with soliciting a bribe […]