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Southern California councilman held in corruption probe

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ADELANTO, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California city councilman has been arrested on federal charges alleging he took a $10,000 cash bribe and attempted to have his restaurant burned down to collect insurance money.

The Victorville Daily Press reported the arrest of 41-year-old Adelanto Councilman Jermaine Wright late Tuesday. A call to his office was answered by a recording that said voicemail was not available.

The U.S. attorney's office says Wright is expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon in Riverside to answer to charges of bribery and attempted arson of a building.

The criminal complaint alleges Wright solicited and accepted the bribe from an undercover FBI agent who told Wright he wanted the councilman's assistance in dealing with city rezoning and code enforcement issues related to a supposed marijuana transportation business.

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