Bishop residents arrested after allegedly embezzling $1.5 million from county's poor

Investigators with the Inyo County District Attorney’s Office arrested two residents Thursday afternoon in connection with alleged embezzlement at Inyo County Health and Human Services’ welfare office.

Health and Human Resources Manager Dawndee Rossy, 46, of Bishop, has been charged with two counts of grand theft, 34 counts of identity theft, two counts of embezzlement, one count of possession of controlled substance, one count of welfare fraud and four counts of criminal conspiracy.

Her husband, Ken Rossy, 43, of Bishop, was also arrested. He is being charged with one count of grand theft, one county of welfare fraud, four counts of criminal conspiracy and one count possession of controlled substance.

Bail has been set at $500,000 each.

Sources close to the case who asked not to be named, said approximately $1.5 million was embezzled from the Health and Human Services Public Assistance Program.

For more information, see the Saturday, April 13 edition of The Inyo Register.

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