Sheriff Demotes 3 Supervisors In Alleged Charity Race Cheating

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Three Los Angeles County Sheriff’s supervisors have been demoted over an alleged attempt to cheat during the department’s annual charity relay race last year.

KNX 1070’s Bill Polish reports an investigation found the team representing the Transit Services Bureau allowed someone not on the roster to run a portion of the “Baker To Vegas” foot race.

Sheriff's officials demoted over alleged charity race cheating

Organizers were informed last year that one of the top competitors in the 2012 race – in which teams from various law enforcement agencies compete against each other in the Mojave Desert – was not a law enforcement employee.

Shortly after that, Sheriff Lee Baca called for an investigation that lead to disciplinary action against five employees Tuesday “because this is something the Sheriff said is absolutely inappropriate,” spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

While acknowledging that not all the disciplined employees were male, Whitmore declined to offer any further details due to the investigation being considered “a personnel matter.”

“People may say this doesn’t seem like such a major incident, it seems to be somewhat sleight of hand, if you will,” Whitmore said. “But deception is deception.”

The Los Angeles Times reported a source confirmed that the three demoted supervisors included a commander and two captains.

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