HCSO: County inspector arrested for soliciting bribes to expedite building permits

Patrick William Mctigue, 47

A Humboldt County Planning and Building inspector was arrested Tuesday following an ongoing bribery investigation dating back to last year, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office (HCSO).

On May 29 at about 2:15 p.m., sheriff’s deputies arrested 47-year-old Patrick William Mctigue, a Humboldt County inspector, in the Old Town Eureka area on a felony warrant. Mctigue was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on the following charges: commercial bribery, grand theft and state official asking for or receiving a bribe.

The sheriff's office said the investigation into the Fortuna man originated in November of 2017 when officials received complaints alleging that Mctigue was receiving money from members of the public for expediting permit approvals on building and grading projects.

The HCSO said multiple victims came forward with accusations that Mctigue had defrauded them. He is believed to have received over $100,000 from the victims, authorities said.

This case is still under investigation. Anyone with information about this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the sheriff’s office at 707-445-7251 or the HCSO crime tip line at 707-268-2539.

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