US (CA): Central Coast cannabis business owner pleads guilty to federal tax evasion, bribery charges

The owner of a Central Coast cannabis dispensary pleaded guilty to federal charges related to an investigation into tax evasion and bribery of a former San Luis Obispo County supervisor in exchange for votes favoring his business.

Helios "Bobby" Dayspring, 35, appeared via Zoom before Judge Andre Birotte Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to enter guilty pleas to one count of federal program bribery and one count of tax evasion for failing 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. He now faces 13 years in federal prison and a $500,000 fine. 

Dayspring is listed as the owner of a cannabis cultivation and distribution operation with a controlling interest in a Natural Healing Center dispensary in Grover Beach, according to the Oct. 14 plea agreement.

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