Bishop Police Chief says embezzlement investigation complete

bishop_pd3001.jpgOn January 22nd, Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter revealed that his Department and the District Attorney’s Office had launched an investigation into an apparent embezzlement of funds within the Inyo County Welfare Office in Bishop. Now, the Chief says his Department’s investigation is “at a point of conclusion as far as what we can do. We will submit it to the District Attorney,” he said.

Chief Carter said he will request that arrest warrants be issued and the amount stolen be revealed. He called the amount of money involved “significant.” The Chief underscored the complexity of this financial crime, and he said he expects information to go public within the next week or so.

At the end of January, Chief Carter had confirmed that Police, in conjunction with the District Attorney’s Office, served a search warrant at the Bishop home of Ken and Dawndee Rossy. Chief Carter called Dawndee Rossy a “person of interest” in the embezzlement case. She is an employee of the Inyo Welfare Office.

Prior to that, Health and Human Services Director Jean Turner had issued a press release, reportedly compiled by a media consultant, that said employees in Social Services had detected “irregularities” and that a “substantial amount of money was taken.”

Turner said steps were taken to stop what she called “this emerging scheme to defraud the public.” Inyo Supervisor Jeff Griffiths had said at a public meeting that “We are concerned about internal controls. We want to make sure,” he said, “that this does not happen again.”

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6 Responses to Bishop Police Chief says embezzlement investigation complete

  1. too much February 25, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    Jeremiah, I get what you are saying.You should listen to a scanner,then compare to what’s reported and whom.

    • Big AL February 26, 2013 at 12:18 am #

      I totally get what you’re saying Jerry. It is true that some people because of who they are …. are spared the embarrassment of having their business put in the news, but it stems from the source. If the right people say don’t release it, it doesn’t get released.

    • Areukiddingme February 26, 2013 at 4:58 am #

      It depends on who you are and who you are related to. If you are prosecuted. And what is covered up and brush under the table. It is what it is. This town Has naked King syndrom. We see it. If your never been through the ringer of Justice here or had a family memeber wrongly accused to finally get the truth out. It is an amazing system and very disapointing at times. What the world comes to when D.A.’s are after another Point on ther record and not the truth to set someone free.

      They are the stars and we are the mere peasants. This is not a downer over all, it is just sadly Reality and Truth. All the good people who are trying to serve the community are over shadowded by the reality of life in Bishop that goes 100’s of years and everyone is related to another and private matters from The justice system and Hospitals, privacy is a big ‘0″ here. I love it here, but it become the biggest Drama and Adult Bulling and we teach our kids the Golden Rule. ITs hard when they see what is going on also and gives them NO HOPE.

      Also you best catch everyone you are dealing with on a good day. Or your in Trouble.

  2. Jeremiah's stance February 25, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    Seriously Benett, I am real curious why everybody isn’t embarrassed the same way. I mean you have some people who get their picture blasted for all the locals and public to see and hear and then others don’t?
    The same in the local badge byline? some people have their name listed and published for everybody to see and others aren’t??
    I am just wondering if there is a reason for it? I mean it doesn’t make sense why anything would be different or confidential when the charge or circumstance are similar??

    • Benett Kessler February 25, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

      You don’t give specifics, so I don’t really know. When law enforcement agencies provide us with mug shots, we use them. I also
      request mug shots. When someone is arrested for a crime, their lives become public. We cover roughly the same crimes all the
      time. We do not regularly report on every DUI unless it involves damage to public property or injuries.

      • Jeremiah's stance February 25, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

        Thanks Benett, I understand you can only speak for your organization, and half of my question was pertaining the Inyo register. I don’t know if it’s my “Victim Mentality”, LOL, I have seen it a lot where some are identified and some aren’t? then again some embarrass themselves more then others.
        For example you see some people named when picked up for public intoxication and some people aren’t?? (speaking in regards to the Inyo register again).


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