SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - An internal investigation is being launched at South Lake Tahoe City Hall because of new questions about if a former pot club owner should have actually been issued a business permit by the City Council. This after his hidden criminal past is exposed.
Gino DiMatteo is being charged with bribing a city councilmember. Among his other counts is being a felon in possession of ammunition, The problem is that a News 4 review of city code about pot clubs shows people with felonies are not supposed to operate or even work in medical marijuana shops.
“I was stunned,” Mayor Pro-Tem Tom Davis said. “The background check was done with Gino DiMatteo and it came up clear.”
But DiMatteo's gun possession related felony was committed under an alias - Sergio Ottomanelli.
A News 4 public records request shows that name was not listed on the permit application - only Gino DiMatteo is there.
“There's a piece missing in this with a mystery here that I’m going to get to the bottom of. Why was he not using his real name,” Davis said.
Davis has asked for an internal investigation at the City. He says they should know more by next week.