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D.A. gearing up for Rossy trial

July 2, 2014

The Inyo County District Attorney’s Office is preparing for an Oct. 6, 2014 trial in the case against Dawndee and Ken Rossy, the Bishop couple who stand accused of embezzling more than $1.5 million from Inyo County Health and Human Services.
Dawndee allegedly stole the funds over an eight-year period from HHS’ Public Assistance Program, where she worked until last year.
Last month, an Inyo County Superior Court judge denied a request from Dawndee’s attorney to suppress statements she made to law enforcement during the investigation.
District Attorney Tom Hardy also said that a settlement conference was held last month, but did not result in a settlement on the case.
Hardy said earlier this year that defense attorneys for the Rossys had indicated that they would bee seeking a change of venue for the trial. However, as of Wednesday, Hardy said that motion had not been filed. He added that such a motion may at any time before the Oct. 6 trial date if a settlement agreement is not reached.
“There will probably be lots more court dates before the trial,” Hardy said, adding that the next court date is a July 15 settlement conference.
If a change of venue request is filed and approved, the court date may be pushed back to provide time to secure another location for a trial. However, Hardy said he is preparing to proceed on Oct. 6.
“It’s my view that the defense has adequate time to prepare and try the case in October,” Hardy said. “I’m taking all steps to be ready on Oct. 6.”
The Rossys are being charged with a total of 44 felonies associated with the embezzlement of taxpayer money that was meant to assist local residents.
According to investigators, the money was stolen from HHS over the course of five years.
Dawndee, who served as a manager at Inyo County HHS, 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.
Ken Rossy is being charged with one count of grand theft, one count of welfare fraud, four counts of criminal conspiracy and one count of possession of controlled substance.
The couple was taken into custody on the charges last April and later released on bail. Hardy said the couple remains out on bail, but are subject to electronic monitoring until the court date.
Hardy said that the two will be tried together and no motion to separate the cases has been made, but “there’s always a chance the defense could ask to separate the case.”

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