“MONTEREY, Calif. — The former director of the Monterey County Water Resources Agency Board of Directors is in hot water.
“Stephen P. Collins was charged with 33 felony counts and six misdemeanors on suspicion of profiting off water contracts he handed out while serving as the Monterey County water board’s director.
“Collins appeared in court Wednesday for arraignment on the charges against him; but the hearing was continued until Nov. 30 without Collins entering a plea. Prosecutors asked Collins to be held on $10,000 bail, but Collins’ attorney Juliet Peck successfully argued that he is not a flight risk and Judge Timothy Roberts agreed, allowing Collins to go free.
“District Attorney Dean Flippo announced the charges against Collins, 57, at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon.
“The conflict of interest charges against Collins stem from his handling of a desalination project, called the Regional Project.”
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