Ex-Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet and two Coachella Valley developers were indicted on charges linking them to an alleged scheme of payments to the former mayor in exchange for his support of various projects, prosecutors announced Friday.
The trio had been previously charged by the District Attorney’s Office, but prosecutors have been frustrated by delays in moving the case to a preliminary hearing. The office released a statement Friday saying that taking the case to a grand jury for an indictment was “the best method to move the case forward toward seeking justice for the community of Palm Springs.”
Pougnet, 56, and developers Richard Hugh Meaney, 53, and John Elroy Wessman, 80, are set for arraignment Sept. 12.
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