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Ex-L.A. County sheriff's deputy pleads no contest to embezzling nearly $500,000 in tow fees [Updated]

A retired L.A. County sheriff's deputy has pleaded no contest to embezzling nearly a half million dollars in tow fees at the sheriff's Industry station.

The former deputy, Joseph Dyer, 56, and his wife were forced to repay the department $554,588, the amount of the loss, plus an additional $100,000 to help reimburse for the cost of the investigation.

Dyer, indicted in 2009, pleaded no contest Thursday to one felony count of public officer crime, and his wife, Lydia Dyer, 47, did the same to a count of filing a false tax return.

Dyer supervised the car impound program at the station where he worked, collecting towing fees that were supposed to go to the city of La Puente. Instead, they were pocketed by Dyer between 2001 and 2007, prosecutors said.

[Updated at 3:18 p.m.: A previous version of this post and a previous headline said incorrectly that the deputy pleaded no contest to embezzling more than $500,000 in tow fees, but it was actually nearly $500,000 in tow fees]


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Nice, an Officer of the Law is charged with stealing more money from the City of La Puente than any single council person in Bell is accused of stealing but only faces one count and not one count for each year like the Bell case and is allowed to plead no contest.His wife and partner in crime pleads to one count of filing a false tax return!! No mention of any jail time. Could being a Deputy Sheriff have anything to do with getting off this easy? Shouldn't he be held to a higher standard or is it that there are no political campaigns that need a boost in the polls?

Buena Park PD doing the same thing

Any jail time???

Why,,,,Why,,,,Why ?

Take away his pension immediately. Any felon who collects a taxpayer paid pension should be cut off!


Every other day is a story about another dirty cop and these are the people that are suppose to serve and protect but who's gonna protect us from them especially the gang banger cops who were the enforcer of Death Row records.

@ Will

the Death Row gang banger cops?

oh you mean former officers:

David Mack-Federal prison
Rafael Perez-State and Federal prison
Nino Durden-State prison
Kevin Gaines-shot and killed by an on duty LAPD officer

problem solved, a long time ago....get with it already

Mike Corona and his wife, Orange County Sheriff's chief, does it ring a bell?

Filing a false tax return? I don't recall any entry on a 1040 form asking about how much you've illegally swindled. Are proceeds from criminal activity really supposed to be claimed as "income"??

Personally, I think the case against her seems pretty silly. She wasn't the one who had the job with the sheriff's department that allowed her access to steal the funds. On the other hand, I think the case against him should be looking to make an example out of him. I would think there would be some sort of charge for him doing this "under color of authority". And I agree that if he is convicted of having committed a felony while in the performance of his duties, his pension should be forfeited.

The only way to keep others from attempting to do the same thing is to make the punishment swift and severe.

And the police wonder why the public hates them and wouldn't lift a finger to help any of them. That "one bad apple" excuse just doesn't cut it anymore. This couple (and anyone involved with them) should get 10 years in prison and they should have to reimburse us for the cost of it as well.

I am very disappointed they are not doing time.


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