Federal agents searched the home of the Moreno Valley mayor and a major warehouse developer Tuesday as part of a investigation into allegations of corruption, authorities said.
Agents with the
"These are federal warrants and state warrants,'' said Laura Eimiller, FBI spokeswoman in Los Angeles. "The warrants are under seal, so I cannot comment further on the investigation.''
The investigation is being conducted by a joint corruption task force established in the Inland Empire in 2010 because of widespread allegations of government corruption throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
The investigations by the task force have led to the convictions of the former chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors as well as the mayor of Upland. Other agencies under investigation include the San Bernardino International Airport Authority and the Inland Valley Development Agency in San Bernardino.
On Monday, the
In Moreno Valley, the proposed warehouse center, known as the World Logistics Center, has been embroiled in controversy and faces opposition by nearby residents who fear the project will cause traffic jams and affect air quality.
Iddo Benzeevi, chief executive of Highland Fairview, could not be reached for comment Tuesday. The mayor also was unavailable.
Highland Fairview developed the 1.8-million-square-foot Skechers warehouse along Moreno Valley Freeway, a massive complex that dominates the landscape on the eastern edge of town.