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PD identifies ‘person of interest,’ serves search warrant

January 28, 2013

The Bishop Police Department and Inyo County District Attorney’s Office served a search warrant last Friday in connection with alleged embezzlement at the local Health and Human Services in Bishop. Photo by Mike Gervais

Police Chief Chris Carter has identified “a person of interest” in the investigation into the theft of public funds from the Bishop welfare office.
According to Carter, his officers and the Inyo County District Attorney’s Office executed a search warrant at 8:30 a.m. Friday morning at the home of Dondee Rossy, 46.
He said Rossy was not arrested as a result of the search warrant’s execution, nor have any charges been filed against her at this time.
Rossy is a supervisor at Inyo County Health and Human Services’ Public Assistance Program, where on or around Jan. 18 one or more employees of the same office reported irregularities involving welfare funds, which led to an investigation into missing funds.
The county has not divulged the name of any employees involved. County Counsel Randy Keller, citing county policy, also will not disclose if any HHS personnel have been fired or put on leave in connection with the allegations of embezzlement.
Again, no charges have been filed in connection with the alleged embezzlement of public funds from the Inyo County Health and Human Services office.
Carter did say one arrest was made Friday morning when a search of Rossy’s home allegedly turned up 1.28 grams of methamphetamine.
Kenneth Rossy, 43, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance. He was released Sunday on $10,000 bail.
Carter said that, due to the ongoing investigation, he could not say whether the search turned up any information regarding the embezzlement case.

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