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Will State Parks money scandal involve criminal charges?

The California Department of State Parks continues to be in the news with its on-going money scandal involving hidden funds.  Additional information about the OHMVR Trust Fund and the scandal is posted

at: Operation Restore - The California OHMVR Program and OHV Trust Fund

The below is from the Jan 21, 2013 Sacramento Bee....

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Six months after the public learned that California state parks officials had concealed $20 million even as they were crying poor and closing parks, one crucial issue remains foggy as ever:

Were any crimes committed, and if so, will anyone be held to answer?

The state attorney general's investigation into the secret funds, released Jan. 4, made it clear that $20.5 million was kept hidden in the State Parks and Recreation Fund (SPRF). The fund is the primary collection point for all visitor fees paid at the 278 parks in the California Department of Parks and Recreation system. Another $33 million, held in the Off Highway Vehicle Fund, was not intentionally hidden, according to the report, but was obscured nonetheless by complexities in managing that fund.

Read the complete Sacramento Bee article

Operation Restore - The California OHMVR Program a...
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John Stewart on Friday, 25 January 2013 08:23
District Attorney Won't Investigate California Parks Scandal

The Sacramento County district attorney said Thursday that her office will not pursue criminal charges against California state parks officials in the "hidden funds" scandal because of a "failure to identify any crime" by the state attorney general.

District Attorney Jan Scully responded after the attorney general turned over its investigation into the matter, anticipating the district attorney would decide whether crimes were committed.

The investigation concluded that numerous high-ranking employees at the California Department of Parks and Recreation kept at least $20 million hidden in a "rainy day fund" for as long as 13 years, a violation of state budget rules. This continued even as the department moved in 2012 to close 70 state parks in response to general fund budget cuts.

"There is no indication who your office considers to be suspects, and if so, what crime they may have committed," Attorney General Jan Scully wrote in the letter. "It is thus unclear why the matter has been referred to our office at all, and whether your office intends to retain its historic authority in the prosecution ... of such cases."

Read more at: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/01/24/5139396/district-attorney-wont-investigate.html#storylink=cpy

The Sacramento County district attorney said Thursday that her office will not pursue criminal charges against California state parks officials in the "hidden funds" scandal because of a "failure to identify any crime" by the state attorney general. District Attorney Jan Scully responded after the attorney general turned over its investigation into the matter, anticipating the district attorney would decide whether crimes were committed. The investigation concluded that numerous high-ranking employees at the California Department of Parks and Recreation kept at least $20 million hidden in a "rainy day fund" for as long as 13 years, a violation of state budget rules. This continued even as the department moved in 2012 to close 70 state parks in response to general fund budget cuts. "There is no indication who your office considers to be suspects, and if so, what crime they may have committed," Attorney General Jan Scully wrote in the letter. "It is thus unclear why the matter has been referred to our office at all, and whether your office intends to retain its historic authority in the prosecution ... of such cases." Read more at: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/01/24/5139396/district-attorney-wont-investigate.html#storylink=cpy
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