Ex-county employees charged with thefts from residents' estates Around Town, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Jun 26, 2012 at 10:24 pm
The FBI has charged two former employees of San Mateo County with theft and conspiracy to commit theft in connection with their roles in overseeing the disposition of the assets of residents who die without wills or estate administrators.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 12:00 AM
Posted by Hmmmmm, a resident of another community, on Jun 26, 2012 at 10:24 pm
This is poor journalism, which is surprising, since I have been accustomed to a high standard of reporting from the Almanac and this reporter.
If it is deemed newsworthy that the Portola Valley school board didn't have proper oversight over T. Hanretty, why is it not newsworthy that Stephen Wagstaffe, San Mateo District Attorney, didn't have proper oversight over these employees who embezzled trust funds?
At least in Portola Valley's caee, the fraud was hard to detect. This article also doesn't mention that the fraud of these two employees was detected almost immediately after a different department, health services, took over management of them from Wagstaffe. As in days.
It's more newsworthy to report on this flagrant lapse in judgment and management by Stephen Wagstaffe, who continues to serve in San Mateo County at a high level, than some petty thefts by these two employees.