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Embezzlement suspect ID’d

April 21, 2014

Police Chief Chris Carter

Local authorities have completed an investigation into the embezzlement of hundreds of thousands of dollars from a local business and have recommended that the U.S. Attorney General’s Office file charges.
The PD has recommended that multiple counts of burglary, grand theft, embezzlement, concealing stolen property, forgery, and making false record entries be filed against Dolores Kay “Lola” Marsh, a former employee of Inyo-Mono Body Shop. The PD has also requested that the charges be filed in Inyo County Court.
Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter said Monday that no arrest has been made in the case. “Whether or not there will be an arrest depends on whether or not the Attorney General’s Office issues an arrest warrant,” he said. Carter explained that the Attorney General’s Office could issue a warrant, refuse to press charges or simply request that the accused attend a court date if charges are to be filed.
The PD opened its investigation into the alleged embezzlement of funds from Inyo-Mono Body Shop in April 2013. Investigators have spent the last year examining records as far back as 2005. “In the process, they have pored over thousands of pages of financial records, executed numerous search warrants, collected evidence and interviewed dozens of witnesses,” a press release states.
According Chief Carter, the PD concluded its investigation Monday, and based on the evidence gathered, investigators have determined that over the course of several years, Marsh embezzled in excess of $200,000 from the business.
The case is being forwarded to the Attorney General’s Office due to a conflict of interest in the Inyo County District Attorney’s Office. Carter explained the D.A. Tom Hardy had represented Marsh on this case before being appointed to serve as D.A. in September 2013.
According to Carter, the Attorney General’s Office said it may be awhile before it makes a determination on whether charges should be filed.
“It’s going to take them some time to review the case and the records,” Carter said. “There are literally thousands of pages.”
Carter also said that embezzlements and other financial crimes often require lengthy investigations. “With any kind of financial crimes, the case is complicated by the very nature of the crime itself. The longer time the crime occurred, the longer it takes to research all the records. They’re extremely complex cases, because every record has to be researched.” And if money is missing, Carter said each dollar needs to be checked against business records and bank records.

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