OIG Investigative Reports, Former Director of 1he Lone Pine Indian Education Center, and two (2) former bookkeepers of the Education Center, entered felony no contest pleas to misappropriation of public funds Skip to main contentAbout UsContact UsFAQs Language Assistance Englishespañol中文: 繁體版Việt-ngữ한국어TagalogРусский U.S. Department of Education Search for: Toggle navigation U.S. Department of Education Student Loans Grants Laws Data About ED OFFICES Home Reports & Resources Programs/Initiatives News Office Contacts Investigation Report Press Release For Immediate Distribution December 22, 2009 INYO County California INYO COUNTY DISTRICT AlTORNEY'S OFFICE ARTHUR J. MAILLET INYO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY 168 North Edwards Street Independence, CA 93526-0604 760-878-0282 On December 2l. 2009, Gary Donnally, the former Director of the Lone Pine Indian Education Center, and two (2) former bookkeepers of the Education Center, Mary Donnally and Mary Jefferson, entered felony no contest pleas to misappropriation of public funds. In addition, Sara Jefferson, former Assistant to the District of the Education Center, pled no contest to misdemeanor grand theft by embezzlement and in a separate case she pled no contest to writing checks with insufficient funds in her checking account. 5entencing will be March 5, 2010. All defendants will be placed on probation and serve local time, and be required to pay restitution. Even though the defendants pled no contest, the Superior Court is required to find them guilty. The District Attorney's 0ffice spent over a year conducting an investigation, with the cooperation of the United States Department of Education and the California Department of Education. The investigation was hampered by missing records and/or destroyed records. Investigation from the District Attorney's Office had to initiate over ten (10) search warrants to obtain and reconstruct the records of the Indian Education Center. The reconstructed records showed the defendants misused the Indian Education Center's credit cards for their personal use. 'They purchased household furnishings and clothing at well-known department stores such as Lowe's, Home Depot, Nordstrom's, Sears. Costco, J.C. Penney's, Gottchalks, Dillard's, Best Buy, Target. Wal-Mart. K-Mart, Robinson-May, Mervyn's and others. They also purchased other services such as Direct TV, XM radio, Ver1zon, and used the internet to do online shopping. Former District Attorney, Phil McDowell, was instrumental in putting the evidence together for the preliminary hearing, which in the opinion of current District Attorney, Art Maillet, resulted in the defendants entering no contest pleas. Unfortunately, State audits of the Lone Pine Indian Education Center resulted in the closure of the Education Center, and it is unlikely to reopen. Printable view Last Modified: 09/02/2010 How Do I Find... Student loans, forgiveness College accreditation No Child Left Behind FERPA FAFSA 1098-E Tax Form 2015 Budget Proposal More > Information About... Transforming Teaching Family and Community Engagement Early Learning K-12 Reforms More > Connect Facebook Twitter YouTube Email RSS Google+ More > MISUSED FOIA OIG Fraud Hotline Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Student Loans Repaying Loans Defaulted Loans Loan Forgiveness Loan Servicers Grants & Programs Apply for Pell Grants Grants Forecast Open Grant Competitions Find Grant Programs by Eligibility Laws & Guidance No Child Left Behind FERPA Civil Rights Data & Research Education Statistics Postsecondary Education Data State Education Data Nation's Report Card What Works Clearinghouse About Us Contact Us ED Offices Jobs News FAQs Budget, Performance Notices FOIAPrivacySecurityInformation qualityInspector GeneralWhitehouse.govUSA.govBenefits.govRegulations.gov
Former Director of the Lone Pine Indian Education Center, and two (2) former bookkeepers of the Education Center, entered felony no contest pleas to misappropriation of public funds. Independence, CA., December 22, 2009
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2009-12-22.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.