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Ex-deputy gets prison time for stealing city towing fees

May 31, 2011 |  1:36 pm

A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who stole almost $500,000 in city of La Puente towing fees was sentenced Tuesday to three years in state prison.

Joseph Dyer, 56, who was convicted in April, surrendered to authorities Tuesday morning to begin serving his term.

Dyer supervised the impound program at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department's Industry station and collected towing fees from residents.

In April he pleaded no contest to one felony count of public officer crime. Dyer and his wife, Lydia Dyer, 48, were indicted in July 2009 on charges that he stole nearly $500,000 in tow fees from La Puente from June 2001 to December 2007, and that the couple failed to report that money on their tax returns.

Lydia Dyer pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of filing a false tax return on April 7. She was immediately sentenced to 12 months summary probation.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Amy Pellman Pentz of the Justice System Integrity Division said, “Justice was served in this case.” She added that the defendants have made full restitution to the city.

As a condition of their plea, the defendants jointly paid $454,588 in restitution plus $100,000 for investigative expenses. The couple also paid $44,149 in back taxes and interest to the California Franchise Tax Board on March 10.

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