No word yet on embezzlement

inyocourthouseTwo months ago, Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter revealed that his Department and the Inyo District Attorney had launched an investigation into what they believed was an embezzlement of funds from the Inyo Welfare Office in Bishop. On February 21st, Chief Carter said his officers had concluded their investigation and would submit it to the District Attorney.
A month later, we have placed a call to Inyo DA Art Maillet to find out when information will go public. At news time, we had received no return call. However, Health and Human Services Director Jean Turner said the last thing she heard from the District Attorney was that the case might go public “sometime in April.”

Chief Carter had said in February that he would request that the DA issue arrest warrants and that the amount of money stolen be revealed. He expected information to go public “within a week or so.”

What is known is that Dawndee Rossy, Welfare Office worker, was identified as a “person of interest” in this case. A search warrant was served on her home. Both Chief Carter and Health and Human Services Director Jean Turner have said the amount of money taken was “substantial.”

In February Turner said that employees at the Welfare Office had detected “irregularities” and that a “substantial amount of money was taken.”
It is believed that the suspect or suspects submitted false claims to the State for payment.

Chief Carter had told the Bishop City Council in January that the complex investigation was “quite the daunting task for our small department.” The Chief had called on experts at the State level to help unravel the local mystery.

Supervisor Jeff Griffiths had also said publicly that “We are concerned about internal controls. We want to make sure that this does not happen again.”



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9 Responses to No word yet on embezzlement

  1. Anonymous March 28, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    Besides the substantial amount of money that has been stolen from the public, they found illicit drugs as well, I presume they to be a typical bad decision maker so why treat them differently?
    I am watching this closely to see how the county handles this since I do remember the outcome and amount of money that was involved in the LP Tribe’s education scandal a few years back.
    Man they had there faces blasted all over the local medias, so I curious to see if this “so called person of interest” is gonna continue to remain out of the spotlight, and why?
    I understand the law can’t act upon assumptions, and of course that is the last thing they want to do when it is somebody in their own social circle.
    And Justice for All!

  2. Don March 20, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

    It appears that false claims may have been made to the State of California
    and may need to be repaid to the State by Inyo County. I hope Inyo County
    officials take this seriously, or perhaps Inyo County can afford repaying the
    State for these claims.

    • Daris March 21, 2013 at 8:43 am #

      If this is true shouldn’t the person who filed the false claims pay not my taxes that go to Inyo County? Why does the general public have to pay for some one elses greed and stealing?

  3. Jeremiah's ego March 20, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    Okay Inyo County, you have been put on blast! Lets see what you are made of. . .

  4. too much March 20, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    What can be done??? Didn’t she just take money from the poor!! Isn’t that the GOP way.

  5. Debbie March 20, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    Yes, in response to your question it is true that DawnDee Rossy has a relative on the Bishop Police Department roster. It is her husband’s brother.

  6. Trouble March 20, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    Is it true that Dawndee Rossy has a family member on the Bishop police dept.?

    • Benett Kessler March 20, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

      Not that I know of.

      • too much March 20, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

        Yes she does, she is Brian Rossy’s sister in law. Is this why it is being swept under the RUG..Just asking…


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