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Red Bluff Councilman Released From County Jail

A Red Bluff city councilman accused of theft has been released on bail. 43-year-old Suren Patel was extradited from Florida after being arrested while apparently trying to flee the country. Patel was appointed to the council to fill a vacant seat near the end of 2014. As owner of America’s Best Value Inn in Red Bluff, Patel was required to pay a bed tax to the city. Tehama County District Attorney Greg Cohen says he failed to pay about 2000 Dollars in taxes and also fraudulently charged 6000 Dollars to a guest’s credit card. The investigation into Patel began with allegations that he failed to pay workers compensation insurance and that he collected rent from tenants on public housing assistance. Patel no longer owns the motel. He was arrested in July in Florida, where he was apparently trying to catch a flight to the Caribbean. His bail had been set at a Million Dollars but Tuesday it was reduced to 300,000 so he posted bond and walked free. His preliminary hearing is set for next month.