SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - There are new developments in the bribery case involving a South Lake Tahoe city councilwoman and a former pot club owner. The Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation now confirms they're part of the investigation and have been questioned by investigators – that’s a group Councilwoman Angela Swanson is on the board of.
This comes after suspect Gino DiMatteo donated a little more than a thousand dollars to the foundation. He is currently behind bars being charged with bribing a city council member. Right now the DA's office won't say what the possible bribe was, but last week News 4 uncovered a letter thanking DiMatteo for his donation. We also told you there were rumors the councilwoman was telling people around town she got him to give the money to the group.
The charity originally declined comment, but after our story aired, they confirmed with News 4 - Angela Swanson and the organization's president did meet with DiMatteo about a possible donation - and the group is part of the DA's investigation.
This donation comes right around the same time Swanson made a vote to keep DiMatteo's pot club from being closed down. Swanson has said she did nothing that would violate the trust of voters and an attorney for DiMatteo confirms the donation but says there was no wrong doing associated with it.