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

  1. Wondering December 8, 2015 at 7:15 am #

    @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.

  2. show don't tell December 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm #

    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

  3. Canman December 7, 2015 at 12:36 pm #

    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.

  4. R u serious December 7, 2015 at 11:29 am #

    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.

  5. Canman December 6, 2015 at 8:28 am #

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

    • Wondering December 7, 2015 at 10:05 am #

      @ Canman, I was wondering the same thing!

  6. FormerCitizen December 5, 2015 at 8:55 am #

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

  7. earl duran December 4, 2015 at 5:01 pm #

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

  8. Presto December 2, 2015 at 10:21 pm #

    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 picture. If your so concerned about your precious children. Stand up tell D.C. to stop providing ISIS arms and therefore fund two sides of a war. Locally is a microcosm of what’s happening nationally.

    Think about it. If the little guy is getting caught with there hands in the cookie jar, think about the higher ups who are pulling cookies out of the jar. Not crumbs cookies (plural)
    Whoa! I could only imagine.

  9. Rick O'Brien December 2, 2015 at 6:52 pm #

    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 have already been infected, call the local authorities and make a full and detailed confession.

    • Oh please..... December 3, 2015 at 6:53 am #

      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 December 3, 2015 at 9:21 pm #

        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 December 3, 2015 at 8:55 am #

      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 December 3, 2015 at 9:32 am #

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

  10. Truth December 1, 2015 at 9:19 pm #

    @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, Do you understand the deep and horrible implications this has?? Do you realize that Our Children are being taught that it is ok to be Steal and that you can get away with it?? Do you realize that the very same people who are supposed to be the ones We Trust are the ones Stealing?? Not only that! Their Own LEO Family members and anyone who works in that field is starting to Look very, very bad? Not only do they not get arrested! They get Courtesy Calls to go and turn themselves in! So they wont have to go through an embarresement?? When its these people The Court and The Prosecutors should be making an Example of? To send a very strong message that in Our County, You Do Not Steal!? Why do you think its happened Twice in less than 3 years?? I’ll tell you Why!! BECAUSE THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH IT!! Taking Another Screenshot of This.

    • Bob Todd December 2, 2015 at 8:55 am #

      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.


      Bob Todd

    • Bob Todd December 2, 2015 at 9:58 am #

      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 December 3, 2015 at 6:34 am #

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

      • Mountain Watchdog December 4, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

        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.

  11. earl duran December 1, 2015 at 6:57 pm #


    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 December 2, 2015 at 10:41 pm #

      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 leave office WEALTHY. yeah! @earlduran I see your point. My bad

  12. Presto December 1, 2015 at 6:21 pm #

    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 tax, social security tax etc… This stuff right here, crumbs on the floor.
    That is the TRUTH

  13. Truth December 1, 2015 at 5:11 pm #

    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 for all this bs are the ones hiring these thieves!! Cuz thats exactly what they are Thieves!! They steal from every single one of Us, I know my comment will probably not make it through the moderator, but Iam gonna get a screenshot of this and spread it all over Social Media! Iam tired of all these people stealing and getting away with it!!

  14. John December 1, 2015 at 12:37 pm #

    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.

  15. Dee December 1, 2015 at 8:32 am #

    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 December 1, 2015 at 9:12 am #

      What previous convictions are you talking about???

    • 395 December 1, 2015 at 10:25 am #

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

      • Dee December 1, 2015 at 3:12 pm #

        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 office manager at the fairgrounds was convicted of similar charges.

        • show don't tell December 1, 2015 at 5:57 pm #

          @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. It doesn’t make her more innocent. She is innocent til proven guilty no matter what. That’s how it works in the USA.

          • Dee December 1, 2015 at 6:44 pm #

            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 your lecture, thank you.

      • REBECCA December 4, 2015 at 5:14 pm #

        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…

  16. Roger December 1, 2015 at 7:15 am #

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

    • Vons shopper December 3, 2015 at 5:51 pm #

      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 surprise and I have grown up with her.

  17. Presto December 1, 2015 at 1:35 am #

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

    • 395 December 1, 2015 at 10:17 am #

      Who was the first police officer’s wife?

    • Trouble December 1, 2015 at 11:11 am #

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


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