Donation Part of Bribery Investigation, Nonprofit Confirms
The Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation confirmed Monday that prosecutors have investigated a donation to the nonprofit in connection with the arrest of former medical marijuana dispensary operator Gino DiMatteo.
DiMatteo was arrested Aug. 31 and faces felony charges of bribery, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of a controlled substance and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.
South Lake Tahoe City Councilwoman and foundation board member Angela Swanson has confirmed speaking with investigators in relation to the bribery charge, but has denied wrongdoing. She has not been arrested or charged with a crime.
The El Dorado County District Attorney's Office has not returned requests for comment on the case.
DiMatteo made a $1,128 cash contribution to the foundation on June 13, according to a Monday statement from Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation spokeswoman Christina Proctor. At the time of the donation, DiMatteo was asking the City Council to approve a proposed relocation of his City of Angels 2 Collective. Although the council initially showed support for the move, council members denied the relocation in July. The denial, as well as pressure from federal prosecutors on the collective's landlord, led to the shuttering of the medical marijuana dispensary this summer.
On Monday, ...