A Santa Clara County undersheriff was indicted Friday as a co-conspirator in an alleged bribery scheme to sell gun permits in exchange for political donations, the Sheriff’s Office said.
“Undersheriff Rick Sung has been formally indicted by a grand jury,” Sgt. Michael Low of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
A spokesman for the district attorney’s office declined to confirm the indictment and declined to comment.
Sung’s attorney, Chuck Smith, could not be reached for comment Friday.
Sung is the second member of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office to be indicted for his role in an alleged scheme to sell difficult-to-obtain concealed-weapon permits in exchange for thousands of dollars toward Sheriff Laurie Smith’s 2018 re-election campaign.
A grand jury indicted Capt. James Jensen this year in connection with the alleged scheme.
Sung and Jensen are accused of taking part in an alleged conspiracy to offer 12 concealed-carry weapons permits to the CEO and employees of a tech security firm in exchange for a $90,000 campaign donation. Half of that amount was paid, District Attorney Jeff Rosen said at the time of Jensen’s indictment in August.
Sung was placed on paid administrative leave as of Friday, the Sheriff’s Office said. He was paid $263,000 last year, according to public records.