Santa Clara County Sheriff Indicted For Bribery

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A Santa Clara County sheriff was indicted Friday for being involved in a bribery scheme, the report from the Sheriff’s Office said. 

Undersheriff Rick Sung was caught accepting political donations in exchange for gun permits. A grand jury had formally indicted him on Friday, Sergeant Michael Low of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. 

Sung is the second member of the county’s sheriff’s office to be indicted for allegedly being involved in a bribery scheme. Earlier this year, a grand jury also indicted Capt. James Jensen in connection with the scheme. 

According to reports, Sung and Jensen sold 12 difficult-to-obtain concealed-weapon permits to the CEO and employees of a tech security firm. They sold the permits for a $90,000 donation to Sheriff Laurie Smith’s 2018 re-election campaign, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. 

Half of the amount had been paid at the time of Jensen’s indictment in August. Sung, who was placed on paid administrative leave on Friday, had received $263,000 last year. 

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