Sally Ann Symons Pleads Guilty to Misappropriation of Government Funds
submitted by Inyo County District Attorney Tom Hardy
Sally Ann Symons entered a plea of guilty today to a felony violation of Penal Code section 424, misappropriation of government funds. 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.