Crowley woman arrested as embezzlement suspect


April 19, 2013

After a lengthy investigation, Debra Ray, age 53, of Crowley Lake, was arrest on April 19, 2013, pursuant to an Arrest Warrant.  

In late 2011, the current Board Members for the Crowley Lake Mutual Water Company reported a suspected embezzlement of public funds by Mrs. Ray, who served as a “Water Company” Board Member from approximately 1998 to the middle of 2011.  Mrs. Ray was serving as President and Treasurer during the 2010-2011 year before being voted off the Board in the 2011 general membership election.  During her tenure with the “Water Board” she also served for many years as the Treasurer before taking over as both President and Treasurer.  

Mrs. Ray, has been charged in a 22 count complaint alleging that she embezzled approximately $29,000 in public monies from the “Water Company” starting in 2008 and ending in 2011 when she left the “Water Company” Board.   During this period, Mrs. Ray was drafting checks made payable to herself and her husband for work not performed and reimbursing herself for expenses that the “Water Company” had already paid to her.  

Mrs. Ray is being held at the Mono County Jail on $50,000 bail.  Her arraignment is currently scheduled for Monday, April 22nd, in the Mono County Superior Court.  


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7 Responses to Crowley woman arrested as embezzlement suspect

  1. Charles O. Jones April 22, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

    It’s always disappointing to hear or read stories like this one.
    It’s a shame that money is able to corrupt some people, even when they’re stealing from their own friends and neighbors.

    If found guilty, I hope she suffers the full force of justice.

  2. sick of mono county April 21, 2013 at 9:12 am #

    It must be something in the water! I think the Bridgeport Water District had the same issue awhile ago.

    • interesting generalization April 22, 2013 at 5:22 am #

      Interesting generalization there, sick.
      Are you sure you are not simply jealous of Mono County but would never in a million years admit it?
      Altitude + water = a good life.

    • sick of Inyo county April 22, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

      Yeah, you can say that again! Must be something in the water…uhhh… I mean sagebrush.

      • Sick and tired of childish comments April 23, 2013 at 5:42 am #

        Thanks “sick of Inyo county.”

        It’s gets tiresome reading the same childish-sounding sour grapes nasty comments about how terrible Mono County and its citizens are.
        Very tiresome.

      • Charles O. Jones April 23, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

        Is something or someone forcing you to live or visit here?
        Why not find somewhere that suits you better than Inyo/Mono?

        Let us know when you find that perfect place without any problems.

  3. ferdinand lopez April 20, 2013 at 9:38 am #



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