Investigators continue to look at Fairgrounds operations

fairgrounds.jpgEven as the Tri-County Fair got underway this week, news surfaced that an embezzlement may have taken place within Fairgrounds operations. The Manager no longer works for the Fair and the California Highway Patrol Investigative Services Unit is looking into the report of missing money.

At week’s end, when asked how much money is missing, the President of the Tri-County Fair Board, Sam Dean said the Board “doesn’t know.” He said, “Investigators have our paperwork.” Dean declined to comment beyond that.

Public Information Officer from the CHP Investigative Services Unit, Officer Mario Lopez, told Sierra Wave Media that the unit is investigating the report of possible missing funds. He said that he could not conclude that a crime of embezzlement or any other crime has occurred. Officer Lopez said that the investigation is in early stages. He said, “I can’t release any other information. We are collecting statements and evidence. I don’t want to jeopardize the investigation.”

Sierra Wave Media had called the Fairgrounds Office on Tuesday for comment. We asked for Manager Rebecca Bragdon and were told she no longer works at the Fairgrounds. However, Bragdon’s attorney, Gerard Harvey, said that she does still work there and is on paid, administrative leave.

3 Responses to Investigators continue to look at Fairgrounds operations

  1. Bishop-ite August 30, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    I really can’t get over how many of these things are happening in our community. What did they miss growing up??? My mom and dad taught me at a very early age that if it’s not your’s-don’t take it. From Washington Mutual, Inyo Mono Body Shop, the Shell station to Mule Days. All of these people were trusted employees…makes it hard for me to trust my employees. Shame on them! Maybe it’s time we start punishing these people instead of just slapping their wrists!

    • Bishop-ite September 3, 2013 at 10:16 am #

      The two “Dislikes” must be someone from above, lol

    • JeremiahJoseph September 3, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

      Not everybody is fortunate to have parents to teach them better.. and to sit there and change your views on your own employees because of what others do is (in my opinion) not american! It is not American to hold one accountable for what someone else does!


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