Cannabis dispensary owner agrees to plead guilty to federal bribery, tax evasion charges – Santa Maria Times

The owner of a Central Coast cannabis dispensary on Wednesday agreed to plead guilty to federal charges after he reportedly evaded taxes and bribed a former San Luis Obispo County supervisor with more than $30,000 in exchange for favorable votes affecting his business. 

Helios “Bobby” Dayspring, 35, agreed to plead guilty to one count of bribery and one count of filing a false tax return for failing to report millions of dollars in income to the Internal Revenue Service, according to an agreement filed July 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. 

Dayspring now faces up to 13 years in federal prison. 

The agreement came on the same day in which federal prosecutors filed the charges against Helios, who owns Natural Healing Center, which has several locations on the Central Coast including in Grover Beach, Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo. Dayspring in April 2020 purchased the Old Town Market in Orcutt and intended to locate a dispensary at the location, although his Santa Barbara County application never made the final cut. 

He is scheduled to make his first appearance in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Aug. 25, when he is also expected to enter his plea, according to U.S. Attorney spokesman Thom Mrozek. 

A petition for a writ of mandate filed last month by the applicant for a controversial retail cannabis store in Old Town Orcutt prevented Sant…

The charges originate from fall of 2016 to November 2019, when Dayspring allegedly began paying bribes totaling approximately $32,000 in the form of cash and money orders to Adam Hill, the late San Luis Obispo County 3rd District supervisor, for votes and influence affecting his business, which sold cannabis products to

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