Cannabis pharmacy owner agrees to plead guilty of federal bribery and tax evasion |


The Central Coast cannabis dispensary owner agreed Wednesday to plead guilty to federal charges after reportedly evading taxes and bribing more than $ 30,000 to a former San Luis Obispo county manager, in return for positive voices that influenced his business.

Helios “Bobby” Dayspring, 35, agreed to plead guilty to bribery and false tax filing for failing to report millions in income to the Internal Revenue Service under an agreement filed on July 28th. District Court for the Central District of California.

Dayspring are now threatened with up to 13 years in federal prison.

The settlement came the same day federal prosecutors filed charges against Helios, who owns the Natural Healing Center, which has multiple locations on the Central Coast, including Grover Beach, Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo. Dayspring bought the Old Town Market in Orcutt in April 2020 and intended to build a pharmacy there, though its application from Santa Barbara County never made the final cut.

He is due to appear in the US District Court in Los Angeles for the first time on August 25, when he will also make his pleading, according to US Attorney General Thom Mrozek’s spokesman.

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The charges date from Fall 2016 to November 2019, when Dayspring allegedly began collecting approximately $ 32,000 total bribes in cash and money orders to Adam Hill, the late San Luis Obispo County district overseer, for votes and influence to pay his business. that sold cannabis products to the public and included farms growing cannabis in San Luis Obispo County.

In turn, the supervisor voted on matters affecting Dayspring’s farms, including multiple votes for laws allowing Dayspring’s farms to operate, before receiving final approvals, court documents show.

During a regulatory meeting on March 29, 2019, Hill Dayspring reportedly texted its efforts to prevent other regulatory agencies from voting against growing cannabis outdoors.

“[I] had to have those F — stop him from going beyond that, and it’s exhausting, “wrote Hill Dayspring, referring to his peers.” Where’s the industry? [financial] Support for my re-election? “

Hill died on August 6, 2020. His death was widely reported as a suicide in October 2020.

In another case, Dayspring and a business partner attempted to bribe a former Grover Beach mayor with $ 100,000 in exchange for two pharmacy permits in town during a dinner meeting in September 2017, but the mayor refused to accept the bribe, so the plea approval.

Additionally, Dayspring also allegedly admitted that between 2014 and 2018 he failed to disclose $ 3.4 million personal income on his federal tax return, which he also wanted to repay to the Internal Revenue Service.

The FBI and IRS are investigating the case, which Mrozek said is part of an ongoing public corruption investigation in the San Luis Obispo district.

Any citizen with information related to the case or any other public corruption matter in San Luis Obispo County is encouraged to submit information to the FBI’s email tip line at or to contact themselves the FBI’s Los Angeles Field office at 310-477-6565.

Orcutt residents are opposed to retailing cannabis in the community