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Former assistant assessor testifies at Colonies trial that county officials were pressured by developer

By in Press Enterprise on May 18, 2017

By Joe Nelson, Richard K. De Atley

SAN BERNARDINO >> Former San Bernardino County Assistant Assessor Adam Aleman testified Wednesday at the Colonies corruption trial that Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum promised to politically support other defendants in the case if they delivered a legal settlement of more than $100 million to his investor group, Colonies Partners LP.

“Mr. Burum said as soon as the Colonies settlement is over everyone would be taken care of politically,” Aleman said during Wednesday’s testimony.

And Burum was dead-set on a settlement sum of no less than $100 million, Aleman said.

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“Mr. Burum was emphatically looking for over $100 million,” Aleman said.

Aleman’s testimony followed that of his former boss, former county Board of Supervisors Chairman and Assessor Bill Postmus, in the far-reaching public corruption case in which prosecutors allege Burum bribed three former county officials into settling a longstanding lawsuit with his real estate investor group, Colonies Partners LP., in November 2006 for a landmark $102 million. Burum sued the county on behalf of Colonies in March 2002 over flood control improvements at Colonies’ 434-acre residential and commercial development in Upland, Colonies at San Antonio and Colonies Crossroads, respectively.

Aleman worked for Postmus as an assistant assessor, and like Postmus he is testifying under a plea agreement with prosecutors in the six-year-old case.

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