FBI Arrests former D.A. Employees Around Town, posted by Watcher, a resident of another community, on Jun 24, 2012 at 11:32 am
Bob hasn't posted anything recently to suggest the FBI investigation of the San Mateo D.A. was fabricated.
Maybe that's because just days ago, the FBI arrested two former D.A. office employees for theft.
These two employees worked under Steve Wagstaffe and Jim Fox as estate administrators when they stole money from the estates they were administrating. Although this function was turned over from the D.A. office to the San Mateo health office last July (2011), the thefts occurred during Wagstaffe's watch.
Why are the board of supervisors not asking for his resignation over this?
The program was previously operated under the direction of former District Attorney Jim Fox, who retired at the end of 2010, according to Steve Wagstaffe, who now holds the post. Wagstaffe said after he was elected to be district attorney he advocated transferring responsibility of the program over to the health department, since it was already in charge of the county's public guardian /conservatorship program.
Wagstaffe said the district attorney's office itself didn't have anything to do with the Public Administrator program, but he plans to investigate how the alleged crimes occurred.
"I want to know where was the fall down on that," Wagstaffe said.
I don't believe that Wagstaffe didn't have anything to do with the Public Administrator program. [Portion removed - generalized attack.]
Posted by Watcher, a resident of another community, on Jun 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm
When you hit top-level positions, as Wagstaffe has, when people in your organization have committed significant malfeasance, you take the fall. This is especially true when it was your responsibility to detect the malfeasance but you didn't.
THESE THEFTS WERE DETECTED JUST DAYS AFTER WAGSTAFFE TRANSFERRED RESPONSIBILITY TO THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT. Why couldn't he detect them?
Posted by Lurker, a resident of another community, on Jun 24, 2012 at 2:24 pm
I have been told by another San Mateo Supervisor that Wagtaffe is a very weak manager.
In the Mercury News story, Wagstaffe said the district attorney's office itself didn't have anything to do with the Public Administrator program".
Huh? The program was OPERATED by the DA's office. Why wasn't he overseeing it?
I don't know if the FBI agents who were investigating Wagstaffe in 2011 are involved in this investigation, but I have sent them this news story.
Posted by Michaelgstogner@yahoo.com, a resident of another community, on Jun 29, 2012 at 11:39 am
"Other than rants by Stogner and few anonymous posters, Steve Wagstaffe is well respected."
I'd like to point out that Perspective is an anonymous poster, and Steve Wagstaffe is well respected by some. Not all, this is a specific thread about employees under his oversight, that committed crimes.