Adelanto Mayor Pro Tem Jermaine Wright was arrested Tuesday, Nov. 8, and is expected to be in Riverside federal court Wednesday to answer to federal charges he took a $10,000 cash bribe and that he hired a man to burn down his restaurant to collect insurance money, according to a statement from the California States Attorney office.
Wright is accused of asking for and accepting a $10,000 bribe from an undercover FBI agent who told Wright he wanted Wright’s “assistance in navigating city rezoning and code enforcement issues related to a supposed marijuana transportation business,” according to the criminal complaint.
The complaint, filed Monday, also alleges Wright paid another undercover FBI agent $1,500 to burn down his barbeque restaurant, Fat Boyz Grill, at 11619 Rancho Road.
Federal authorities say Wright was caught up in what began as a probe into possible corruption in the city, but led to an informant introducing Wright to both undercover agents and to a series of recorded conversations that investigators say document Wright discussing both the bribe and insurance fraud, according to the affidavit.
If convicted on both counts, Wright is facing a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for the bribery count and up to 20 years in prison for the arson charge. The arson charge also carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of five years in prison.