Former Tri-County Fair CEO Symons arrested on three felony charges

Sally Ann Symons was arrested on embezzlement charges today.

Sally Symons

Sally Symons

A press release from Inyo County District Attorney Thomas Hardy said District Attorney Investigators arrested former Tri-County Fair CEO Sally Ann Symons on embezzlement and misuse of government funds charges this morning after she voluntarily surrendered herself at the District Attorney’s office in Bishop.

The District Attorney has filed a complaint alleging three felony counts: Misappropriation of Government Funds, Embezzlement of Government funds, and Grand Theft.

The Complaint alleges that the acts took place between August, 2014 and September, 2015, while Symons served as the Chief Executive Officer for the fair.

Symons reportedly took between $9,000 and $10,000 from an ATM at the Fairgrounds. DA Hardy said that was consistent with the investigative report that he has reviewed.

The press release states the complaint follows an extensive investigation conducted by the California Highway Patrol Inland Division Investigative Services Unit. Because the alleged crimes involve the theft of state property and were alleged to have occurred on the grounds of a state facility, the CHP handled the initial investigation.

Symons was booked at the Inyo County Jail and posted a $25,000 bail bond. She was ordered to appear in the Inyo County Superior Court in Bishop in December for formal arraignment on the charges.

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Wondering
Wondering
6 years ago

@show don’t “if they don’t want” are the key words….her husband is a LEO, of course they don’t want….not right.

show don't tell
show don't tell
6 years ago

The District Attorney issues the arrest warrant.
Everyone who is arrested goes through inyo county jail. Bishop P.D. does not have a jail.

Crime graphics is run by Inyo County Sheriff if they don’t want to post every arrest, obviously, they don’t have to

Canman
Canman
6 years ago

That doesn’t seem too fair to the local residents that get logged in on inyo crime graphics for driving w/out a license. In addition the word Obese is used to describe their builds 9 out of 10 times.

R u serious
R u serious
6 years ago

Crime graphics photos represent those arrested by the sheriff’s department. Sally was arrested by the Bishop PD. She posted bail and was released. She was never an inmate at the inyo County Jail.

Canman
Canman
6 years ago

How come Mrs. Symon’s picture did not end up on Inyo Crime Graphics???..

Wondering
Wondering
6 years ago
Reply to  Canman

@ Canman, I was wondering the same thing!

FormerCitizen
FormerCitizen
6 years ago

Just the good ole boys, never doing no harm!! Got too love the Owens valley. One of the most corrupt counties in this state.

earl duran
earl duran
6 years ago

Good answer Bob there is a big difference between the Government and the common man, Stealing is stealing, love the music you play.

Presto
Presto
6 years ago

My point I was making is, the corruption is running rampant from D.C. to your local govt. Your children are watching it on T.V. our leaders are doing and laughing all the way to the bank. To others who think I condone this. REALLY? lol. I’m just stating the bigger… Read more »

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
6 years ago

ATTN:…to ALL females in the Owens Valley who have access to other peoples money…Do NOT drink the area water,, there seems to be some type of invasive bacteria that causes abnormal behavior regarding trust, honesty, integrity, and in general, lack of regard for their fellow man. If you feel you… Read more »

Oh please.....
Oh please.....
6 years ago
Reply to  Rick O'Brien

I’m a female and have handled millions of dollars during my career in Bishop and have never stolen one cent. What a dumb comment.

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
6 years ago
Reply to  Oh please.....

I think it’s dumb when a comment is made in total jest, (as in, a JOKE) and some people are either lacking a sense of humor , or too damn ignorant to realize it.
Oh, please…you must drink (bottled water). FYI…joke also Lighten up and have a Merry Christmas.

sugar magnolia
sugar magnolia
6 years ago
Reply to  Rick O'Brien

Until yesterday, 99% of all mass shootings in the US were perpetrated by men. Now its probably 97%. Simple solution, men can’t have guns!

How do you like them apples Rick!

Reality Check
Reality Check
6 years ago
Reply to  sugar magnolia

Dude(ete)! You tied Big Rick into a Gordian Knot. Very good logic.

Truth
Truth
6 years ago

@Presto, I am Talking about our County! Please do not divert the attention off of this issue which is all so important to all of Us as a Community!! Our County is very small, population wise. Even our children are witnessing the blatant and shameful corruption that is going on,… Read more »

Bob Todd
Bob Todd
6 years ago
Reply to  Truth

Please give it a rest with the “taking a screen shot …”

When your comments are completely out of line and condemning a whole group of people, the comment will not be posted.

Thanks

Bob Todd

Bob Todd
Bob Todd
6 years ago
Reply to  Truth

OK, Truth, after your last (unposted) comment, you’re done here.

Much like Benett, when threatened, I dig deeper to stand my ground.

Screen shot this.

Bob Todd

Karen Franson
Karen Franson
6 years ago
Reply to  Truth

You are so right about the never ending corruption problem.A big problem with disabled veteran abuse in this county too.

Mountain Watchdog
Mountain Watchdog
6 years ago
Reply to  Karen Franson

Until it is 100% illegal for an elected official to accept one thin dime for themselves or their business cronies, the system you have in place will be a corrupt one.

earl duran
earl duran
6 years ago

Presto,

This is not the same, this crime was done by one person, against her employer, What you are saying it is alright to embezzle from your neighbor because the Government is out of touch with reality and is heartless.

Presto
Presto
6 years ago
Reply to  earl duran

My bad @earlduran your right it’s not the same. It’s OK if govt. Steals. I find it so amusing how people take something and justify any way to fit there narrative. These people are losers, you say. But it’s OK if our members of Congress start there career rich and… Read more »

Presto
Presto
6 years ago

Truth: we just spent 43 million dollars on a gas station in Afghanistan. We give Egypt $1,000,000,000.00 billion dollars a year in aid. It’s funny money. We print some paper throw on some in ink and Snap……. it’s money! You have been embezzled every paycheck of your whole life. Income… Read more »

Truth
Truth
6 years ago

The Citizens in This County need to Unite and speak out about this, Its the people in this positions who are always getting away with unbelievable crimes, while some regular joe gets their Bail set at $50,000 just for a violation of probation, its a Joke!! The real ones responsible… Read more »

John
John
6 years ago

Crooked LEO’s for sure. I would notice right away if my spouse had several extra thousand dollars to spend. I would ask about it, and I would know if they were lying or not.

These LEO’s are as dirty as they come.

Dee
Dee
6 years ago

Hard to believe she would do this considering the previous convictions for embezzlement with other employees there before she took on that job..
Was she set up to take a fall? This sounds very curious?

The legal process will proceed, innocent until proven guilty.

Reality Check
Reality Check
6 years ago
Reply to  Dee

What previous convictions are you talking about???

395
395
6 years ago
Reply to  Dee

What does it mean when she voluntarily turns herself in, to you?

Dee
Dee
6 years ago
Reply to  395

That she clearly understands how the legal process works. She was informed she would face criminal charges, it looks much better to turn yourself in. Don’t get the idea I m saying she is innocent, I m just saying it’s sounds pretty curious she would do this when the previous… Read more »

show don't tell
show don't tell
6 years ago
Reply to  Dee

@Dee You don’t understand. They called her and told she was being arrested, out of courtesy because her husband is mono county law enforcement they told her she could turn herself in. She was saved the embarrassment of LEO’S knocking on her door and cuffing her. That’s how that works.… Read more »

Dee
Dee
6 years ago

Yes, I do understand.. She knew she was under investigation, and yes, they called her or her lawyer and told her she could turn herself in. I of course never said it makes her more innocent. And yes I already said she is innocent until proven guilty, no need for… Read more »

REBECCA
REBECCA
6 years ago
Reply to  395

This means that she was contacted by the District Attorneys Office and advised of the offical charges and the issued arrest warrent. She then has an option of turning herself in in a respectful manner or she can stay on the lam and be arrested old fashioned style…

Roger
Roger
6 years ago

Once again it seems that embezzlement is Owens valleys most important industry.

Vons shopper
Vons shopper
6 years ago
Reply to  Roger

This is embarrassing. I hope they make an example of her and not let her off with a slap on the wrist. Not to mention she has been talking trash since she was fired. Guess she really is not as innocent as she leads everyone to believe. I am not… Read more »

Presto
Presto
6 years ago

That’s the 2nd law enforcement officers spouse to be arrested for embezzlement.

395
395
6 years ago
Reply to  Presto

Who was the first police officer’s wife?

Reality Check
Reality Check
6 years ago
Reply to  395

395, The answer you seek was last week:

http://sierrawave.net/marshme/

Trouble
Trouble
6 years ago
Reply to  Presto

Her husband’s not the only family with their hooks in this country.