ADELANTO, Calif. (AP) — A former city council member in Southern California was sentenced to five years in prison for taking a $10,000 bribe to help open a cannabis business and also hiring someone to burn down his restaurant for an insurance payout, prosecutors said.
Jermaine Wright, who served on the city council and was mayor pro tem of Adelanto in San Bernardino County, was convicted in June of bribery and attempted arson, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Wright, a 46-year-old Riverside resident, was sentenced on Monday by U.S. District Judge Jesus G. Bernal.
Wright was arrested in 2017 and charged with soliciting and accepting a bribe from an FBI agent posing as someone who wanted help regarding a marijuana transportation business.
He also was charged with paying another undercover FBI agent $1,500 to set fire to his restaurant, Fat Boyz Grill, to collect insurance money.