Sentencing postponed for local businessman connected to Kern Corruption case


Sentencing has been postponed for local businessman connected to the Kern Corruption case. 

Noel Carter has admitted his role in the drug ring that raided local police and sheriff’s departments evidence lockers. He was scheduled to be sentenced in January. Carter’s sentencing has been pushed back nearly a month. 

According to court documents, the change is because a delay in Carter’s presentence report interview. Officers expected Carter to be in custody in Fresno County, but he was transferred to Lerdo Jail. 

The interview has been rescheduled for Christmas Eve. Carter’s sentencing is set for February 4.
According to the plea agreement, Carter sold at least 20 lbs. of meth for Damacio Diaz and Patrick Mara. The transactions went down at the Bank of America building in downtown Bakersfield, right across the street from Kern County Superior Court. Carter also admitted embezzling $70,000 from his employer by depositing business checks into his personal account.
As part of the plea agreement, Carter will get a lighter sentence, in exchange for information on the case. He has agreed to cooperate with federal, state and local investigators. 

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