Preliminary Hearing set for Bishop Embezzlement case

“Lola” Marsh set to appear in Inyo County Court

by Arnie Palu

A preliminary hearing is set for Thursday, November 19th for Dolores Kay “Lola” Marsh. According to a spokesperson from the Office of the Attorney General, Marsh is charged with 5 counts of grand theft and 5 counts of falsifying records. The Preliminary hearing is set for 10am in Independence.

The California Attorney Generals Office is handling prosecution of the Marsh case, not the Inyo County District Attorney’s office and current DA Tom Hardy. The case is not being handled locally due to the fact that prior to being appointed as District Attorney, Tom Hardy had represented Marsh during her preliminary investigation.

The Bishop Police Department reported the initial arrest of Marsh in February.  At that time the Bishop Police Department released the following statement:
“On Thursday, February 5th, 2015 after an almost 2 year investigation, the Bishop Police Department arrested Dolores Kay Marsh for a felony warrant. The Bishop Police Department investigated back in April of 2013, a complaint from Inyo Mono Body Shop, where suspected funds had been stolen from the business. The investigation was handled within the police department and turned over to the Office of the Attorney General-State of California for further investigation into the missing funds. As a result of the completed investigation, the Office of the Attorney General determined; Dolores Kay Marsh should be charged with stealing in excess of $300,000.00 from Inyo Mono Body Shop. An arrest warrant was issued by the Office of the Attorney General and Bishop Police Officers acted on the warrant and arrested March early on Thursday morning (February 5th, 2015). Marsh was transported to the Bishop Police Department, where the bail was set at $50,000.00 for the felony warrant. The listed charges within the warrant are: 5 counts of grand theft and 5 counts of forgery: altering entries in books and records. Marsh posted bail and was released with a court date.”

Cover Photo, Inyo County Courthouse. Photo by Gary Young

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