RAW: Crowley Lake resident arrested on suspicion of embezzling local water district funds

A Crowley Lake woman was arrested on Friday, April 19, on suspicion of embezzling $29,000 from a Crowley Lake water district.

After a lengthy investigation, Debra Ray, 53, of Crowley Lake, was arrest on April 19, pursuant to an Arrest Warrant.

In late 2011, the current board members for the Crowley Lake Mutual Water Company reported a suspected embezzlement of public funds by Ray, who served as a “Water Company” board member from approximately 1998 to the middle of 2011. Ray was serving as president and treasurer during the 2010-2011 year before being voted off the board in the 2011 general membership election.

During her tenure with the “Water Board” she also served for many years as the treasurer before taking over as both president and treasurer.

Ray has been charged in a 22-count complaint alleging that she embezzled approximately $29,000 in public monies from the “Water Company” starting in 2008 and ending in 2011 when she left the “Water Company” board.

During this period, Ray was drafting checks made payable to herself and her husband for work not performed and reimbursing herself for expenses that the “Water Company” had already paid to her.

Ray is being held at the Mono County Jail on $50,000 bail. Her arraignment is currently scheduled for Monday, April 22, in the Mono County Superior Court.