ONLY ON 4: Tahoe bribery case might be linked to charity

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Updated: 9/05/2012 6:10 pm
TAHOE, Calif. (KRNV & -- News 4 has learned that the Tahoe bribery case might be connected to an education charity which City Councilmember Angela Swanson is a member of.

The District Attorney still hasn't said what the possible bribe by Gino DiMatteo was or who it went to, but over the past few days News 4's Fact Finder team has nailed down that Swanson is at the center of the investigation and we've confirmed a time frame when it might have happened.

The council considered closing DiMatteo's City of Angels 2 pot club after undercover investigators linked it to illegal drug trafficking. During the meeting, Swanson said they already voted to keep it open before the information from law enforcement, and she was against going back on that decision by closing it now.

"I don't like using public policy in ways that A) makes us open to litigation, and B) is an indefensible turn around without reason," Swanson says.

There are rumors going around South Lake, saying that Swanson's telling people she got DiMatteo to donate anywhere from $5-10,000 to the Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation, a non-profit group she sits on the board of.

At the moment, News 4 is not able to confrim those rumors with multiple sources, but we have uncovered a letter from the foundation president thanking DiMatteo for his gift of $1,128.
She even writes by hand, "Your donation was extremely generous and is greatly apprciated."

The foundation president says she has no comment for this story. An attorney working with DiMatteo confirms the donation, but he says there was no wrongdoing associated with it. Swanson also orginally said she has done nothing wrong, and she has not returned our calls since then.

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