Former fairgrounds employee arrested on embezzlement and theft charges

fairgrounds.jpgFormer Tri-County Fairgrounds employee, Rebecca Bragdon was arrested yesterday morning and booked at the Inyo County Jail on misdemeanor embezzlement and felony grand theft charges.

Last August, the California Highway Patrol Investigative Services Unit confirmed that they had started to investigate a report of possible embezzlement of funds from the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds operations. The CHP handled the investigation because the fairgrounds are state-owned facilities. Fair Board President Sam Dean said the Board did not know how much money was missing. He said all the paperwork went to the investigators.

Thursday morning, CHP officers picked up Bragdon on a $150,000 arrest warrant. That’s the amount of her bail. Attorney Gerard Harvey represents Bragdon and said he expected she would appear in court Friday or Monday for an arraignment hearing.

Law enforcement has not said how much money is involved in this case and what the formal charges will be. When contacted about the case, District Attorney Tom Hardy said, “My office has received the investigation report from the CHP and will review it and be making our filing decision.”

Meanwhile, in a separate matter, the Fair Board held a meeting Wednesday. Their agenda indicated they might hire a CEO for Fair operations. When contacted about this agenda item, a spokesperson confirmed that the Board did hire a new CEO and that details would come out later. (See separate story.)


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14 Responses to Former fairgrounds employee arrested on embezzlement and theft charges

  1. Ann Martini February 21, 2014 at 6:41 am #

    I’m a bit confused about who has jurisdiction. The CHP arrested her? Was she speeding through town with her ill gotten booty?

    • Benett Kessler February 21, 2014 at 9:38 am #

      As the story says, the CHP Investigative Unit handled the case because the fairgrounds are a state-owned facility. The CHP is the state level law enforcement agency. BK

  2. Wondering February 21, 2014 at 8:47 am #

    I’m sad for her family, but glad people who do this are being accounted for their wrong doings.

  3. andrew February 21, 2014 at 11:21 am #

    It seems to be a common theme in Inyo & Mono counties!

  4. Wondering February 21, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

    Any news on Inyo-Mono Body Shop? Waiting for that to be swept under the rug.

    • Benett Kessler February 21, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

      We check periodically with the Bishop PD. Still under investigation at last word.

  5. Rick O'Brien February 21, 2014 at 8:25 pm #


  6. Dee February 24, 2014 at 8:30 am #

    Nothing in the new citizens RIMS regarding this arrest??

  7. Mr. NRA February 24, 2014 at 2:07 pm #


    She is located under inmates in Citizen Rims.

    • Benett Kessler February 24, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

      I don’t see the name, Rebecca Bragdon listed under inmates or arrests. We called the jail to find out. It might be because CHP arrested her.
      Benett Kessler

      • Dee February 24, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

        Some arrests are listed with CHP as the arresting agency….but not Bragdon.
        She was booked at ICJ, but still isn’t listed.

      • Dee February 24, 2014 at 5:54 pm #

        On;y some inmates are listed with the CHP as the arresting agency not those arrested.

    • Dee February 24, 2014 at 5:50 pm #


  8. Mr. NRA February 25, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    That’s because she is no longer an inmate at the jail. But she was listed in Citizen Rims on Wednesday and Thursday last week.


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