The owner of a central coast cannabis dispensary pleaded guilty on Friday to federal charges related to a tax evasion and bribery investigation by a former San Luis Obispo County supervisor in exchange for votes in favor of his company.
Helios “Bobby” Dayspring, 35, appeared via Zoom before Judge Andre Birotte Jr. of the United States District Court for the Central District of California to plead guilty to a federal program bribe count and a tax evasion count for failure to pay millions of dollars in taxes owed to the Internal Revenue Service, according to a plea agreement filed Oct. 14.
He was charged on July 28 and initially agreed to plead guilty to the charges in exchange for a deal with prosecutors.
Dayspring appeared with his lawyers, Sandra Brown-Bodner and Eric Chevin. He now faces 13 years in federal prison and a fine of $ 500,000.
Two years after Helios Dayspring was caught breaking county zoning and state water quality laws – he was illegally expanding a cannabis factory …
Dayspring is listed as the owner of a cannabis cultivation and distribution operation with a controlling stake in a Natural Healing Center dispensary in Grover Beach, according to the October 14 advocacy agreement.
The federal program bribery charge implicated Adam Hill, the late 3rd District County Supervisor, and concerned an illegal transaction between an official in a jurisdiction who receives more than $ 10,000 in federal aid.
Between fall 2016 and approximately November 2019, Dayspring paid Hill approximately $ 29,000 in undeclared cash payments, free restaurant meals, and cannabis products with the intention of voting for the company’s business. Dayspring and provide it with non-public information, according to court records.
Hill texted Dayspring on April 6, 2019, more than a week after Hill said he blocked a fellow supervisor from pushing through a law banning all outdoor cannabis cultivation in the county.
“Your industry should give me a giant silver-wrapped French kiss after my job today,” Hill said, according to court records. “Where is the industry [financial] support for my re-election ??
Dayspring reportedly replied, “We are the industry” and “we are all [you] need lol “, according to the plea agreement.
Then, in June 2019, Dayspring reportedly held a political fundraiser for Hill, at Hill’s request, at Dayspring’s home, where they raised $ 13,000.
Hill passed away on August 6, 2020, and his death was widely reported as a suicide in October 2020.
In addition, Dayspring is accused of attempting to bribe a mayor of Grover Beach in 2017 by offering him $ 100,000 in exchange for two dispensary permits in the town, although the mayor did not accept the bribe. wine, according to the plea agreement.
Grover Beach City manager Matthew Bronson confirmed on Friday that an internal investigation concluded by officials two weeks ago had found “no irregularities” on the part of the dispensary since it opened in 2018 and that Dayspring had caved in ownership of the business.
Additionally, Federal Bureau of Investigation and IRS officials said Dayspring failed to report income and pay taxes for five years.
Between 2014 and 2018, officials said Dayspring falsely reported his income, resulting in a total of $ 3,438,793 in unpaid taxes, which he agreed to reimburse, according to the plea agreement.
Dayspring is due to reappear for a sentencing hearing in federal court in Los Angeles on February 11.