South Lake Tahoe councilwoman involved in bribery case


Members of the Media, City Councilmember Angela Swanson asked that we release this statement issued by her today, regarding her involvement in the investigation and arrest of Gino DiMatteo, owner of the now closed City of Angels Medical Marijuana Collective.

"I have been advised by the El Dorado County District Attorney's office that I am involved in their investigation into the activities of Gino DiMatteo. Mr. DiMatteo has been arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and attempted bribery of a public

The revelation that I may be caught up some how in the investigation of Mr. DiMatteo came as a shock and an affront to me. I am proud of the reputation for honesty and integrity that I have established in both my private and public life. It is a privilege to be entrusted with the public's faith in my integrity and ability as a public official. I have not done anything to intentionally betray that trust. I have cooperated in the District Attorney's investigation and I will continue to do everything I can to assist the investigation until the matter is concluded.

During this time I will continue to fulfill my duties to this community as a member of the South Lake Tahoe City Council. I may temporarily step aside from some specific council assignments to ensure that activities vital to our community, which I have spearheaded, maintain their momentum. In accordance with my ethical and legal obligations I will also recuse myself from all council items dealing in any manner with Mr. DiMatteo, medical marijuana or any other aspect of the District Attorney's investigation.

Due to the sensitive nature of matter, this will be my only statement on the subject."

The City of South Lake Tahoe has fully cooperated with the District Attorney and his office during this investigation and will continue to do so. We will have no further comment at this time , we refer all questions about this case to the El Dorado County District Attorney's office, their phone number and contact information is on the attached Press Release issued by them on Friday.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (KRNV & -- One of South Lake Tahoe's former pot club owners is behind bars tonight on charges of bribing a public official.

News 4's investigative reporter Ben Briscoe broke news of possible illegal activities months ago that lead to the collective being closed.

Gino and Irene DiMatteo of South Lake Tahoe remained in separate El Dorado County jails Monday after having been arrested Aug. 31. Gino, 43, was being housed in Placerville on $37,500 bail. He was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana for sale, and bribing a public official, according to the El Dorado County Jail.

His 36-year-old wife was being held in the South Lake Tahoe jail on $25,000 bail. She faces felony charges of possession of marijuana for sale, possession of concentrate cannabis, and conspiracy to commit a crime, according to the El Dorado County Jail.

Right now in a short news release, the district attorney's office is not saying who that public official is, but News 4 has confirmed the City Manager does not believe it was a staff member and all but one of the City Council members have told News 4 it was not them.

The other councilmember, Angela Swanson, has not returned multiple messages for comment.

News 4 has also confirmed that Narcotics Division officers where out at Swanson's house on Jackson Circle about the same time the pot club owner was arrested.

Swanson was not home when News 4 went by today, but someone answering the door said he didn't think she'd be in a position to comment on all of this.

Now a check of records shows Swanson was one of the people who voted to allow this place to stay open, but at this point, nothing is officially confirmed with investigators.

News 4 is told that, on Tuesday, there will be a closed door executive session of the City Council where they plan to discuss these charges.