After his fourth jury trial, a Woodland Hills construction contractor was found not guilty of bribing a Los Angeles Unified School District inspector.
Kambiz "Ken" Maleki, who owns K & M Construction in Woodland Hills, said he was angry that he had been prosecuted four times but was glad that his name was finally cleared when a jury announced its verdict Friday.
Maleki, 45, said he gave a district inspector $1,000 and a tin of candy because he wanted to show appreciation for the inspector's hard work.
"It's my custom. I'm from Iran. [The inspector] stayed late at the job site," Maleki said, adding that he wasn't seeking anything in return. The same inspector, wearing a hidden wire, returned.