Jimenez sentenced in embezzlement case

– Inyo County District Attorney press release

At a sentencing hearing on Thursday, June 18, 2015 local businessman Jose “Jay” Jimenez was placed on five years of formal felony probation and ordered to serve 240 days in the Inyo County Jail for embezzling from a now-deceased client who had given him a power of attorney.

Jay Jimenez

He must serve an actual 90 days, and may apply for electronic monitoring for the balance of his sentence. The court set restitution in the amount of $79,449.76. He is also forbidden from acting as a fiduciary and from managing money or property on behalf of other individuals during the term of his probation, and may not engage in the tax preparation business.

The case began in August, 2012, when the Ombudsman’s Office received a complaint on behalf of the victim and a criminal investigation was initiated by the Bishop Police Department.

The investigation discovered that in November, 2011 Jimenez was granted power of attorney by the victim in the case. This gave Jimenez access to the victim’s bank and credit card accounts. Jimenez used the power of attorney to pay bills for victim; but he also used the accounts to fund his businesses, Jimenez Tax Service and Petite Pantry, as well as pay personal bills.

In March, 2012, Jimenez also sold victim’s mobile home for forty thousand dollars ($40,000.00). Jimenez received seventeen thousand dollars cash ($17,000.00) and a 2004 Hummer valued at approximately twenty-three thousand dollars ($23,000.00). Jimenez apparently pocketed the cash – records indicate it was not deposited into any account owned by the victim – and took possession of the Hummer.

Mr. Jimenez had previously entered a “no contest” plea to a felony embezzlement charge.

(Note: Jimenez was host of The Spanish Show on Sierra Wave Radio for many years. His show was terminated when he entered his “no contest” plea.)


18 Responses to Jimenez sentenced in embezzlement case

  1. Crazy 7 July 6, 2015 at 2:04 pm #

    Mr. Jimenez (allegedly) committed the crime(s). Not the children. There is no reason to crucify/criticize the children and what they are driving or what they are doing with their lives. Come on people!

    • Tourbillon July 8, 2015 at 11:36 am #

      There is no longer any “allegedly” about it. He’s been convicted.

      No one is “crucifying” the children, and your inapt use of that term is offensive. If the children are enjoying the fruits of their father’s embezzlement, that is fair game for criticism.

  2. High Water June 30, 2015 at 9:15 pm #

    Hold on folks. Remember one attorney ask to be dismissed, and the other attorney was suspended for 90 days from the state bar.
    I would argue that the defendant’s have no control over these lawyers. There on bail they have not yet been convicted so let’s not put the cart before the horse.
    I know that’s not any fun for some. But a facts a fact. it is what it is and whatever!

    Quick to judge
    Quick to anger
    Slow to understand
    Prejudice and ignorance
    Walk hand in hand

    • Mark July 6, 2015 at 1:03 pm #

      They haven’t been convicted but LEO’s just don’t go around arresting people for nothing contrary to popular opinion. LEO’s are professionals and make arrest based on the facts.

      I firmly believe the above and it is for that reason I seem to never make in on a jury, as I have a reasonable doubt about a defendants innocence based on their being arrested in the first place.

      • Pedro July 7, 2015 at 8:46 pm #

        You can have all the reasonable doubt about guilt or innocence you want. But the courtroom is where you listen to both sides and THEN make a decision. You’re not being picked if either side thinks you’ve already gone beyond a reasonable doubt. It’s probably the DA that’s letting you go because they’re risking a mistrial and no conviction with you on the jury..

        • Mark July 8, 2015 at 7:44 am #

          The last two times I’ve been dismissed by the defense attorney. Until something is done about illegal immigration I’m not sitting on a jury. to hec with them.

  3. earl duran June 23, 2015 at 11:41 am #

    One down two to go! were keeping score.

    • Trouble June 23, 2015 at 7:27 pm #

      He had power of attorney. The victim signed all his rights away. P.S. I don’t condone what he did. I just don’t think people should blame their families. Or degrade them.

      • Wondering June 24, 2015 at 11:17 am #

        He trusted the wrong person…..sad

        • Unfortunate Witness July 4, 2015 at 11:13 pm #

          The wrong person manipulated the elder by gaining his Trust! Sad to say there are a lot of them, wrong persons out there for their own personal gain….GOD has Witnessed their wrong doings, as well!

  4. Bob Loblaw June 23, 2015 at 7:12 am #

    Hey Trouble, can you explain to me at what point embezzlement became a civil matter?

    • Pedro July 7, 2015 at 8:16 pm #

      Bob, Hope you meant at what point iembezzlement became ONLY a civil matter, because I would say a few thousand years. The victim’s estate could file a civil suit even without a criminal case. They may have been waiting for conviction to bolster their case. But convictions are not necessary, ask OJ.

  5. Tinner June 22, 2015 at 7:29 pm #

    Careful who you trust, this could be why I’ve become so cynical.
    I wish we could give our dogs the Power of Attorney.

  6. Trouble June 22, 2015 at 5:31 pm #

    Sorry,” prestigious”

  7. Trouble June 22, 2015 at 5:22 pm #

    Hey Bone, if your going to bring his kids into this article, maybe you ought to mention one of his children is in the military and another is being offered full rides to some of the most predigest schools in the nation. For honors and athletics. Plus, I believe this should have been handled as a civil matter.

    I wasn’t going to comment on this matter, but your comment was a cheap shot!

    • Really? June 22, 2015 at 9:38 pm #

      And their achievements make them immune to illegal activity somehow? Jails and prisons are full of scholars and military men and women. No one is above the law.

      Didn’t want to go there..but your comment made no sense.

      • Wondering June 23, 2015 at 9:53 am #

        @Really, no use arguing with @trouble…he feels people should not be disciplined for their wrong doings.
        Hopefully he didn’t raise kids….

  8. bone June 22, 2015 at 1:03 pm #

    And his kid still proudly drives the illegally obtained vehicle with pride, like its all cool.


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