Gun bribery probe: Santa Clara County Sheriff acted to obscure use of donor’s Sharks suite, according to testimony

Gun bribery probe: Santa Clara County Sheriff acted to obscure use of donor’s Sharks suite, according to testimony

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https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/01/12/gun-bribery-probe-testimony-asserts-sheriff-sought-to-obscure-use-of-donors-sharks-suite/

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith sought to hide her use of a penthouse suite at a San Jose Sharks game two years ago by having an employee buy cheaper seats in her name, to avoid gift-reporting obligations for the suite now targeted by an indictment against her second-in-command, according to newly released transcripts of grand-jury testimony.

The circumvention was described by management analyst Lara McCabe in her Nov. 16 testimony to a criminal grand jury, which would later hand down bribery charges alleging favor-trading for coveted concealed-gun permits involving Undersheriff Rick Sung, a top Apple security executive, a prominent supporter, and a sheriff’s captain who doubled as a close adviser.