News: SAN BERNARDINO: Criminal investigation into city government
Authorities have announced an ongoing criminal investigation into San Bernardino city government, but Sheriff Rod Hoops said he believes it is unrelated to allegations made by the city attorney in the wake of the city’s bankruptcy decision about falsified financial documents.
A sheriff’s news release issued Thursday evening, July 12, stated: “Several months ago at the request of San Bernardino City officials, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, along with the San Bernardino Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office, began an investigation related to allegations of possible criminal activity within departments of the San Bernardino city government.
“The investigation is continuing and details will not be released at this time. Updates will be provided as new information becomes available.”
The release came two days after San Bernardino’s City Council voted to seek bankruptcy protection. City officials said San Bernardino faces a $45 million deficit and may not be able to meet next month’s payroll.