K. Mennem 8:48 a.m., May 20
First sentencing in South Bay corruption scandal
Henry Amigable, program manager for bond construction at Southwestern College and Sweetwater Union High School sentenced with misdemeanor
Henry Amigable was sentenced March 1 with a misdemeanor in a South bay corruption case. The case is related to Southwestern's proposition R and Sweetwater Union's proposition O bond construction monies. Amigable will be on probation for three years, spend 100 hours in community service, and pay a $1,000 fine.
On January 4, 2012, district attorney Bonnie Dumanis filed charges against five defendants on multiple felony charges including bribery, perjury, and influencing an elected official. Amigable was among those charged.
At that time, Dumanis told the public that "this is the largest public corruption case our office has ever prosecuted." She also asserted that the corruption uncovered in the two South Bay districts, Sweetwater Union High School District and Southwestern College, was "systemic and pervasive."
Amigable testified before the grand jury in November 2012. As a result of the grand jury investigation the scope widened. In December 2012 a total of fifteen defendants were charged with bribery, perjury, accepting gifts and more.
According to Allison Sampite, Star News reporter, the sentencing judge, Michael T. Smyth, commented: "I think his underlying conduct is serious and needs to be addressed." A consideration, according to Sampite's report, was Amigable's "role as an employee rather than a construction company owner."
On September 15, 2010, the San Diego Reader published an article titled "Prop R for Rewards" which describes Amigable's work history:
"Amigable appears to follow the bond money. According to a Seville press release [Seville initially managed Southwestern's proposition R program], he [Amigable] joined the company in April 2009. Prior to joining Seville, Amigable worked for Gilbane Construction [Gilbane initially managed Sweetwater's proposition O construction]...
"Before working for Seville and Gilbane, Amigable was a senior vice president at Douglas E. Barnhart, Inc."
Pictured: attorney Dan Greene (left) with Henry Amigable