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Fresno DA: County Employees Stole From The Dead

Three Fresno County employees are under investigation for allegedly stealing property from dead people.

District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp says the three were responsible for keeping track of property from deceased people who had no other relatives to handle their estate.

She says they stole property for a ‘substantial’ period of time.

“It is absolutely unacceptable to me as a citizen, as an elected official, and as the district attorney of this county. I am disgusted by this behavior. I will not tolerate it and I will not let it continue,” Smittcamp said.

The three, who were not named, worked with the County Public Administrators Office which was recently moved under the District Attorney’s supervision.

Two of the suspects are no longer with the office, the third is on administrative lead.

It’s not clear if criminal charges will be filed.

Jeffrey Hess is a reporter and Morning Edition news host for Valley Public Radio. Jeffrey was born and raised in a small town in rural southeast Ohio. After graduating from Otterbein University in Columbus, Ohio with a communications degree, Jeffrey embarked on a radio career. After brief stops at stations in Ohio and Texas, and not so brief stops in Florida and Mississippi, Jeffrey and his new wife Shivon are happy to be part Valley Public Radio.