Press release from Inyo County District Attorney’s Office
Sally Ann Symons entered a plea of guilty today to a felony violation of Penal Code section 424, misappropriation of government
The charge alleged that the misappropriation took place between August, 2014 and September, 2015, while Ms. Symons served as
the Chief Executive Officer for the Tri-County Fairgrounds, and followed an investigation conducted by the California
Highway Patrol Inland Division Investigative Services Unit.
Under the terms of an agreed disposition, Ms. Symons will be placed on five years of formal probation, and required to serve up to
270 days in the Inyo County jail as a term of that probation.
The court will set the exact length of the jail term when she appears for sentencing on March 14, 2016 in Bishop. She will be ordered
to pay restitution in the amount of $9,860.00 and will not be allowed to work in any positions allowing her to handle the money of third
parties without the permission of her probation officer.
She will also be required to stay off of the premises of the Tri-County Fair during the term of her probation. The Court will also have
discretion to set fines and fees. By law, she will be forbidden from holding any public office in the future. Under the terms of the
disposition, Ms. Symons will not be allowed to participate in electronic monitoring.
Sentencing will take place on March 14, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Bishop Branch of the Inyo County Superior Court.
Inyo County District Attorney Tom Hardy confirmed to Sierra Wave Media that Symons reportedly took between $9,000 and $10,000 from an ATM at the Fairgrounds. DA Hardy said that was consistent with the investigative report that he reviewed.
The extensive investigation was conducted by the California Highway Patrol Inland Division Investigative Services Unit because the crimes involved the theft of state property and were alleged to have occurred on the grounds of a state facility.