Former ICSO Corporal arrested on alleged misappropriation of funds

From Inyo County DA Thomas Hardy

Former Inyo County Sheriff’s Department Corporal Nick Vaughn was arrested today by Investigators from the Inyo County District Attorney’s office on charges stemming from an alleged misappropriation of public funds.

Nick Vaughn

After an internal investigation, the Sheriff’s Department referred the case to the District Attorney’s office for a criminal investigation.  After a lengthy investigation, a criminal complaint has been filed charging Mr. Vaughn with misappropriating over $10,000.00 that had been collected by him from participants in the Sheriff’s Department Work Release Program.

Participants in the program are required to pay certain fees to the Department, and it is alleged that a portion of those fees were diverted to Mr. Vaughn’s personal use or the use of other individuals.  Mr. Vaughn was the supervisor of the Work Release Program from approximately May, 2014 to March, 2018.

At this time, no other employees of the Sheriff’s Department are implicated in the investigation.

Mr. Vaughn was booked at the Inyo County Jail.  Bail on the arrest warrant was set at $15,000.00.

The District Attorney reminds the public that a defendant in any criminal case is presumed to be innocent until the contrary is proved beyond a reasonable doubt.

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11 Responses to Former ICSO Corporal arrested on alleged misappropriation of funds

  1. Tinner May 11, 2019 at 6:28 pm #


  2. Name Names May 11, 2019 at 7:33 am #

    Eric Prichard is Undersheriff.

  3. InyoFace May 11, 2019 at 7:13 am #

    Bishop, Ca: Embezzlement Capital of USA

  4. Trout Junkie May 10, 2019 at 11:34 am #

    Take away his Pension…

    • Fat Gut May 13, 2019 at 7:23 am #

      Good idea Trout Junkie.

      But remember, he’s a cop – he’ll get a disability retirement due to the trauma he suffered from being prosecuted!

  5. Dick moritz May 10, 2019 at 11:15 am #

    Why is his arrest NOT, listed as an arrest on citizen rims inyo county?!??!!

    • Astute1 May 12, 2019 at 4:36 pm #

      It was . Pretty sure he bailed out , therefore removing him from citizen runs

  6. Hop Sing May 10, 2019 at 6:53 am #

    So, DA Hardy issues a press release featuring the accused man’s mug shot, describing what he did and the nature of the criminal charges filed against him, and then reminds us that the accused is presumed innocent.

    Disingenuous much Mr. Hardy?

  7. Alfred the Butler May 10, 2019 at 5:59 am #

    This embezzlement apparently took place over a four-year period.

    And the Undersheriff who oversees the jail didn’t know about it?


    • Richard again May 10, 2019 at 4:15 pm #

      My question is irrelevant

    • Astute1 May 11, 2019 at 5:13 pm #

      This was occurring when they busted a CO at the jail for embezzlement. They didn’t catch it then either.


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