Former Assistant Sheriff Surrenders To Police
POSTED: 11:27 am PDT September 29, 2004
UPDATED: 3:33 pm PDT September 29, 2004
LOS ANGELES -- Former Orange County Assistant Sheriff George Jaramillo and his sister-in-law surrendered Wednesday at the Santa Ana, Calif., jail on charges stemming from a public corruption probe.
He faces six felony counts of misappropriation of public funds and four misdemeanor conflict of interest charges, said Susan Schroeder of the Orange County District Attorney's Office.
Jaramillo's sister-in-law, Erica Hill, is charged with three felony counts, Schroeder said.
Jaramillo, fired from the No. 2 position at the Orange County Sheriff's Department on March 17, testified before the Orange County grand jury the following month.
Jaramillo, who wore a suit and tie to the jail and arrived in a black sport utility vehicle that apparently belongs to the district attorney's office, allegedly misappropriated public funds and used his public position for financial gain. His attorney, Peter Scalisi, could not be reached for comment.
In April, the Orange County grand jury heard testimony on allegations that Jaramillo and his wife Lisa were paid consulting fees in 2000 by CHG Technologies to promote a laser device that supposedly would enable police to stop high-speed pursuits with the push of a button.
The allegations sparked an internal sheriff's department investigation regarding the involvement of department personnel using public resources to benefit CHG.
Jaramillo said earlier that he had checked into the propriety of accepting consulting fees while serving as assistant sheriff and had gotten approval.