April 8, 2011

justice really slows down when the criminal is a deputy sheriff

This story below just popped up today on the news wires and in the interest in thoroughness (unlike some media) we wanted to post a follow up as we had posted on this years ago. A few things the nice little news article below does mention. First this first surfaced in October 2008 as we first noted and that was for a crime going back to 2001!  And just now Deputy Dyer is pleading no contest..in April 2011... two and half years later? Are you kidding me? For a no contest plea? What took so long? There was no trial. The no contest plea is used when the criminal wants to avoid the plea from being used against him in any later civil action. It is good to see that he is paying the money back. Ill bet he serves no jail time on this regardless of the three year potential. I also note he is apparently paying the money back with no interest? Nice. I guess the taxpayers can foot that bill as all the cities are hurting right now (many due to paying guys like Dyer). Also he must have a really sweet pension from LASD as a reward for all his good years of thievery in order to cough up $550,000 so fast. (44k in back taxes likely means you have a substantial income). I see he paid for the investigation costs. But was he given a free defense attorney via the LASD union (ALADS) which in the end comes out of your pockets? One final note. In a way its a good thing Lakewood never tows any cars...we would just have this to worry about as well.

Retired deputy pleads no contest to embezzling $450,000
From wire service reports
Posted: 04/08/2011 07:28:42 AM PDT

A retired Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy pleaded no contest Thursday to a felony count for embezzling about $450,000 in towing fees that were intended for the city of La Puente.

Joseph Dyer, 56, pleaded no contest to one count of a public officer crime, according to Deputy District Attorney Amy Pellman Pentz.

Dyer is facing three years in state prison when sentenced May 31 by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephen Marcus.

Dyer supervised the impound program at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Industry Station and collected towing fees from residents between June 2001 and December 2007 that should have been paid to the city of La Puente, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Dyer's wife, Lydia, 47, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of filing a false tax return and was immediately sentenced to one year of probation.

The couple repaid the sheriff's department $554,588, which included the loss along with $100,000 toward the costs of the investigation, according to the District Attorney's Office.

They also paid just over $44,000 in back taxes to the state's Franchise Tax Board, according to the District Attorney's Office.

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