Skip to Content

Sentencing date set for developer in Palm Springs city hall bribery case


New developments in a bribery case involving former Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet that dates back more than a decade. 

Court records show that all but one charge against developer Richard Meaney were dropped at a hearing on March 24.

Meaney was facing 11 charges tied to the Palm Springs corruption case. 

Check Out Our 'Scandal at City Hall' Section for More Coverage on this Case

The judge set a November court date for sentencing, which means that Meaney pleaded guilty to that one charge.      

Meaney and developer John Wessman were accused of paying Pougnet at least $375,000 to buy votes and influence projects in Palm Springs between 2012 and 2014 including the Kimpton hotel and the surrounding downtown re-development project.

We have reached out to the District Attorney's office and Meaney's attorney for comment. 

Stay with News Channel 3 for continuing updates on this case.

Be the first to know when news breaks in Coachella Valley. Download the News Channel 3 app here.

Article Topic Follows: Scandal at City Hall

Jump to comments ↓

Jesus Reyes


News Channel 3 is committed to providing a forum for civil and constructive conversation.

Please keep your comments respectful and relevant. You can review our Community Guidelines by clicking here

If you would like to share a story idea, please submit it here.

Skip to content