Cannabis shop founder pleads guilty to bribery, filing false tax return – KSBY San Luis Obispo News
Natural Healing Center founder Helios Dayspring has pleaded guilty to bribery and filing a false income tax return.
The cannabis business owner appeared in federal court by video on Friday, Oct. 22.
He was initially charged in federal court in July after reportedly admitting to bribing late San Luis Obispo County District 3 Supervisor Adam Hill, attempting to bribe former Grover Beach Mayor John Shoals, and failing to report millions of dollars in income to the IRS.
Dayspring is scheduled to be sentenced on February 11, 2022.
He faces a maximum sentence of 13 years in prison, three years probation, and a $500,000 fine. Plus, he could be ordered to pay nearly $3.5 million in restitution to the IRS.
According to court documents, between 2016 and 2019, Dayspring paid Hill $29,000 in cash, gave him cannabis products, and paid for multiple meals with the understanding that Hill would vote and advocate for cannabis legislation beneficial to Dayspring’s cannabis farms.
San Luis Obispo County officials said a review of cannabis legislation and land use permits after the charges against Dayspring were announced found two questionable decisions that could be linked to the bribery of Hill.
Officials say one of those was a vote that ultimately benefited Dayspring