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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too much
too much
8 years ago

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

Big AL
Big AL
8 years ago
Reply to  too much

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
Areukiddingme
8 years ago
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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… Read more »

Jeremiah's stance
Jeremiah's stance
8 years ago

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… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago

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… Read more »

Jeremiah's stance
Jeremiah's stance
8 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

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… Read more »