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Eastern Sierra News for June 22, 2024





The Rossys walked to the courtroom for arraignments April 12th.

The Rossys walked to the courtroom  April 12th.

After a bail study and court appearances, bail for both Dawndee and Kenneth Rossy was reduced. They are now out of jail but on GPS monitoring pending further court hearings related to the embezzlement of more than $1.5 million from the Inyo Welfare Office.

The Inyo District Attorney and Inyo Sheriff’s Department arrested the Rossys April 11th and held them on $500,000 bail each. The DA filed a criminal complaint against them alleging 44 felony charges including embezzlement of public funds, grand theft, welfare fraud, conspiracy, identity theft and possession of methamphetamine.

The pair appeared in Inyo Court for arraignment following their arrest. Officials said that based on a probation report, Dawndee Rossy’s bail was reduced to $250,000 and Kenneth Rossy’s bail was dropped to $100,000. They were released on bail April 17th. One of the conditions of release is that they must be GPS monitored. A preliminary hearing for the Rossys is scheduled for June 6th at 1:30pm in Inyo Superior Court before Judge Dean Stout.

The complaint on file against the Rossys reveals the allegation that from her position as Inyo Social Services Supervisor, Dawndee Rossy conspired with her husband to use the personal identifying information of 35 individuals to obtain welfare benefits for themselves. Crimes allegedly took place between June of 2005 and the end of January of 2013.

The complaint also says the crimes were committed using what is called Electronic Benefit Transfer cards. Informed sources said the couple allegedly used the EBT cards at bank ATMs to get cash.