CHP detains, questions Symons on alleged embezzlement

Press release from the California Highway Patrol

BISHOP, CALIF. – In July of 2015, the California Highway Patrol, Inland Division Investigative Services Unit, initiated an investigation into the possible embezzlement of funds from the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds.

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During the extensive investigation, CHP investigators determined Bishop area resident Sally Ann Symons, 46, embezzled funds belonging to the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair. On October 21, 2015, Symons, who is a former employee of the Tri-County Fair, was detained and transported to the Bishop Area CHP office for questioning. The CHP report containing the embezzlement and other various charges will be submitted to the Inyo County District Attorney’s office for review.

In 2013, the CHP investigated a similar embezzlement case involving the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds. Both investigations are unrelated.

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Ken Deboy
Ken Deboy
7 years ago

If Sally really did this I’ll be surprised. I’ve known her since we were both kids, she’s been heavily involved in the fair since she was a kid (via 4-H), and if you gave me a list of 100 people I knew in Bishop and asked me which one was… Read more »

High Water
High Water
7 years ago

I find it kinda funny how the above story about a Chief Excutive Officer (CEO) from the fairgrounds has possibly Embezzled funds, and this is the second such crime from the fairgrounds in the last 2 years, and everyone wants to know about the Rossys. It feels like the public… Read more »

Wondering
Wondering
7 years ago

As the plot thickens….I hope everyone who bashed the Fair Board is having a second look at how they acted and how they responded. I new something was up when they didn’t give a reason for letting her go. My heart always goes out the family, but I also am… Read more »

Rockhugr
Rockhugr
7 years ago

You are correct Paul. Being part of the community is the way to be in touch. I am currently already on 2 boards and just recently came off 2 other boards. I have been on a particular board for 5 years because no one wants to step up and I… Read more »

Paul Dostie
Paul Dostie
7 years ago
Reply to  Rockhugr

Thank you for your service to our community Rockhugr. Volunteerism is what makes the Eastern Sierra a great place to live.

I am always amazed at the well organized army of volunteers that puts on Mule Days every year.

Trouble
Trouble
7 years ago

I blame our county elected officials for bring in these folks. If I remember correctly, the Symons family almost lost their ambulance service contract to the county for refusing to open up their books while bidding on the next contract. But amazingly they got it anyway. I’m not saying they’ve… Read more »

rockhugr
rockhugr
7 years ago

Gary sounds like Hilary.

Gary Trotman
Gary Trotman
7 years ago
Reply to  rockhugr

You put the dots together , You get a little gold STAR. And a Participation Trophy.
: )

Gary Trotman
Gary Trotman
7 years ago

What Difference at this point does it Make .

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
7 years ago

ANOTHER embezzlement case for the Owens Valley…? Is there something in the water up there or WHAT ? And BTW…how are our favorite (accused) embezzlers, the Rossy’s, doing with their case ? Has it been swept under the rug and forgotten yet ?

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
7 years ago
Reply to  Rick O'Brien

Rick O’Brien…….Come to think of it,haven’t heard nothing more about the Rossy’s….I’m sure they are in another court “delay”…….and plotting the next delay when this last delay finally comes up to court…..if it does…..wonder whatever happened to that surfer guy up in Mammoth that assaulted those women,and got his butt… Read more »

johndoeml
johndoeml
7 years ago
Reply to  Low-Inyo

Low-Inyo. Here’s an update on the surfer who assaulted the women in Mammoth. http://lostenterprises.com/blog/chris-ward-article-from-stab-magazine/

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
7 years ago
Reply to  johndoeml

johndoeml…..intresting article…..but what I get from it……HIS Mono County-Mammoth assault trial IS still on a delay…..from the year 2008…..LOL !!!!!!

John
John
7 years ago
Reply to  Rick O'Brien

embezzlement: It’s what people do with public funds.

Until the time fits the crime we will see more of this

Kate
Kate
7 years ago
Reply to  Rick O'Brien

Anyone hear if the Rossy’s were in court today-their supposed trial date?

Bob Todd
Bob Todd
7 years ago
Reply to  Kate

Deb Murphy filed this information: The embezzlement trial of Kenneth and Dawndee Rossy was scheduled to start Tuesday, Oct. 27, but has been postponed until January 25, with a confirmation conference on January 7. According to Thomas Hardy, Inyo County district attorney, Dawndee Rossy’s attorney, David Evans, was ordered by… Read more »

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
7 years ago
Reply to  Bob Todd

…With a confirmation conference scheduled January 7…and trial supposed to begin January 25,I’m willing to bet my life-savings (which isn’t much) come January 25 there will be no trial started and another delay,at least untill late 2016…This trial starting in late January has about as much of a chance happening… Read more »

Vons shopper
Vons shopper
7 years ago

Let the facts stand before you pass judgement. Everyone is presumed innocent but time will tell. Let the justice system run its course. If Sally committed the crime, let her do the time. Sally is popular and her family name is well known, but that does not mean she is… Read more »

Lorijellybean
Lorijellybean
7 years ago
Reply to  Vons shopper

Well said Vons shopper. I can’t make any other points, you covered each one I would make. Time will tell, and until then I’m not going to hastily take up my pitchfork and torch.

StandardDeducter
StandardDeducter
7 years ago

Regardless of the merits or lack thereof regarding this investigation, it is important to note that the IRS requires that all income, including embezzled funds, be reported as income. Failure to do so risks the charge of tax evasion. If you return the embezzled funds, either voluntarily or part of… Read more »

John
John
7 years ago

Consider applying? To get appointed as a board member you’ll need money. These positions are appointed to those who donate large sums of money to the Governor’s campaign as payback for their political contributions.

Paul Dostie
Paul Dostie
7 years ago
Reply to  John

John that is totally untrue. I have never donated any money to any of the four Governors that have appointed me. These are unpaid volunteer positions.

rockhugr
rockhugr
7 years ago

What the heck? Maybe the board should be examined!

Paul Dostie
Paul Dostie
7 years ago
Reply to  rockhugr

rockhugr, As soon as the board learned that money was missing in July, the Governor’s office was advised, the head of Fairs and Expositions was advised and CHP Captain Noyes was contacted and a investigation was requested. The investigators responded quickly and conducted a very professional and complete investigation over… Read more »

John Barton
John Barton
7 years ago
Reply to  Paul Dostie

@Paul Dostie- If you are really Paul Dostie, thanks for the input but until formal charges are brought and a final conviction, I would refrain from all communication regarding this case out of respect for the accused and the general public since you are indirectly involved in this case.

Paul Dostie
Paul Dostie
7 years ago
Reply to  John Barton

The people have the right to know the basic facts of the issue.

John Barton
John Barton
7 years ago
Reply to  Paul Dostie

Dostie: The basics facts of the issue have already been reported by the media. Have you considered the fact that defense attnys are combing the press looking for crumbs to jeopardize the prosecution? Your public comments can do just that and if you need examples of this happening in other… Read more »