As you may or may not have heard, San Bernardino, CA, has filed for bankruptcy. City officials, however, have requested a criminal investigation contending that they were given misleading financial reports.
The Sheriff's Department said Thursday it was working with police and the district attorney's office to investigate possible criminal activity within the government of San Bernardino, where city officials voted this week to take the rare step of filing for bankruptcy.
Sheriff-Coroner Rod Hoops said in a statement the investigation began at the request of city officials several months ago.
City Attorney James Penman said earlier this week that the City Council had been presented with falsified documents that masked the city's deficit for 13 of the past 16 years, and he had given evidence of financial mismanagement to "appropriate government agencies," declining to provide further details.