RANCHO CUCAMONGA - Former Upland City Manager Robb Quincey pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony corruption charges in West Valley Superior Court.
The San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office on Oct. 19 charged Quincey with felonies including unlawful misappropriation of public money, gaining personal benefit from an official contract, and giving false testimony under oath.
Quincey's attorney Michael Zweiback said they will fight the charges.
"We look forward to our opportunity in court," Zweiback said.
Deputy District Attorney Reza Sadeghi said he could not comment on the case.
Quincey, who was terminated by the City Council in May 2011 for failing to follow council direction and breaching his employment contract, is accused of committing a public officer crime as well as a conflict of interest in January 2010.
Council members placed Quincey on paid leave in January 2011 following reports that he settled two claims in January 2010 involving Upland police officers for $50,000, which at the time surpassed the amount he was allowed to settle.
Quincey sued the city in November alleging his firing was without cause and sought $7.8 million in damages.
He said he had settled the police claims for $25,000 each, which was within his authority.
An arbitration judge in July found that Quincey violated the city's ethics rules and broke his employment contract by intentionally concealing his settlement of one of the claims.
The clain was filed by an Upland police sergeant who investigated a domestic dispute involving Quincey and a girlfriend in July 2008.
Quincey is also accused of committing perjury during an arbitration proceeding in June by stating he informed council members that he was going to resolve the matter related to the police sergeant.
In January 2010, the police union's attorney emailed a tort claim to Quincey on behalf of the sergeant.
The claim accused Quincey, former Mayor John Pomierski and former Police Chief Steve Adams of retaliating against the sergeant for refusing to destroy a police report he took during the domestic dispute.
Quincey negotiated a settlement with the union attorney resulting in a $50,000 payment.
As part of the settlement agreement, the sergeant was promoted to lieutenant.
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