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Former Hesperia city manager arrested

Robb Quincey booked for misappropriating funds in Upland

SAN BERNARDINO • Former Hesperia City Manager Robb Quincey was arrested Friday on charges of misappropriating public funds while serving in Upland’s top post, with officials estimating the loss to that city’s residents in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Quincey, 52, of Upland was taken into custody without incident by investigators from the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation and transported to the West Valley Detention Center, where he was booked on an arrest warrant that included several felony charges.

The DA’s Office filed charges including the unlawful misappropriation of public money, gaining personal benefit from an official contract and giving false testimony under oath.

Quincey was Hesperia’s city manager from 2000 to 2005, when he left to take the Upland position and was replaced locally by Mike Podegracz.

The Upland City Council fired Quincey in May 2011 for an unspecified employment breach and failure to follow direction. He’d been on paid leave for four months prior to that.

Quincey’s arrest was part of an ongoing corruption investigation involving former Upland city officials, including former Upland Mayor John Pomierski, who pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge in April. Pomierski was sentenced earlier this month to two years in federal prison.

“I made a commitment to the citizens of this county to battle public corruption, and we are doing just that along with the support of our federal partners,” District Attorney Michael Ramos said in a statement Friday. “We will continue to work together to combat this misuse of public trust.”

The investigation that led to Quincey’s arrest was initiated by the Inland Regional Corruption Task Force, which includes the FBI and the DA’s Office.

Since this is an ongoing investigation, DA officials said no further details would be released at this time.


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