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SamTrans sued by former accountant

Original post made on Apr 22, 2014

Ling La, a former accountant for the San Mateo County Transit District, has sued the district and her former bosses, district CEO Michael Scanlon and manager Sheila Tioyao, whom Ms. La alleges fired her in retaliation for whistleblowing complaints about improper accounting practices.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 7:20 AM


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Apr 22, 2014 at 12:52 pm

This is one reason I support Comprehensive Compliance Reviews and Audits of all departments in the county including the Supervisors.

Why has it taken 11 months for the District Attorney Office to determine if a crime has been committed or not.
Should Steve Wagstaffe have recused himself, because of the Service League of San Mateo County, connection between himself a member and Mike Scanlon the President.

How many days should it take a competent department to determine this?

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Posted by Dane
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Apr 22, 2014 at 11:25 pm

I'm sure maximum effort will be expended to find out the untruth.

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Posted by Whoa!
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Apr 24, 2014 at 8:11 am

NBC investigative team has a new story up today. I must say they are really digging into this, and doing it very well.

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Ackemann says the district hired independent investigator Allison West to review all of La's personnel complaints and sided with the district.
"We're confident in the work of the independent investigator. We believe the findings speak for themselves and we look forward to the opportunity to review them further in court," Ackemann said.

The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit reviewed West's findings and discovered the independent investigator was not asked to review La's claims of fake expenses and improper payments.

Emails from La show that when she tried to bring them to West's attention, she was told "The issue is beyond the scope of my investigation."


"San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe says he is recommending an independent forensic audit on the accounts and transactions highlighted by David Ramires and La, but so far an auditor has not been named."

Keep digging, NBC!

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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Apr 24, 2014 at 6:59 pm

FYI and small world Jayme Ackerman SamTrans spokesperson is County Manager John Maltbie's daughter.

Mike Scanlon's masters degree $43,000 who paid it and law firm expenses 5 times normal need to checked.

Good work NBC 11

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Posted by The plot thickens
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 25, 2014 at 6:22 am

And Carole Groom played a big hand in rehiring John Maltbie.

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Some may recall that Maltbie had a little run in with the law some years back, which was covered extensively by the papers.

That the San Mateo DA's office hasn't recused itself is a disgrace.