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Local News in Brief : Perjury Probe Asked in Beer-Work Case

A Los Angeles County public works supervisor’s denial that he granted overtime work to employees in exchange for cases of beer prompted a Civil Service Commission officer on Thursday to call for an investigation into possible perjury.

Joe Bonilla, a bridge maintenance superintendent, had appeared at a three-day hearing and refuted charges that he handed out the extra work assignments to employees who brought him cases of Corona beer.

But after half a dozen workers testified that they took part in the beer-for-work swap, hearing officer Arnold L. Faber questioned Bonilla’s denial and said that he had “never seen a witness so blatantly lie.” He said he would recommend that the district attorney investigate the case for possible perjury charges.


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