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Palm Springs corruption suspects plead not guilty at arraignment

UPDATE: Former Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet and developers Richard Meaney and John Wessman were arraigned Thursday morning on the new grand jury indictment; all pled not guilty.

The judge carried over the previously posted bonds and bail. A trial readiness conference and motion date was set for October 18.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Former Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet and developers Richard Meaney and John Wessman are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at the Larson Justice Center in Indio. The trio was indicted on bribery, perjury and other charges last month.

News Channel 3’s Jake Ingrassia will be in the courtroom for the arraignment. Watch News Channel 3 at Noon, 5 p.m., and 6 p.m. for live updates You can also follow Jake on Twitter @JakeKESQ for live tweets detailing what’s going on.

Former Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet and developers Richard Meaney and John Wessman are set to be arraigned today – I’m in court for the proceedings. pic.twitter.com/2NHbg72yRV

— Jake Ingrassia (@JakeKESQ) September 12, 2019

Meaney and Wessman are accused of paying Pougnet at least $375,000 to buy votes and influence on several lucrative projects in Palm Springs like the downtown redevelopment project. Authorities say the bribery is believed to have occurred between 2012 and 2014.

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