The $1.5 million Inyo County Welfare Department embezzlement case of former Health and Human Services Employment and Eligibility Supervisor, Dawndee Rossy, came off yet another break last Friday. Judge Philip Argento pronounced his tentative rulings on requests by the defense to have certain pre-trial statements made by Rossy stricken from the record and on the 500 pieces of evidence that he reviewed over the hiatuses in the trial.
As reported by Sierra Wave reporter Deb Murphy, it did not go well for Rossy’s defense as Argento ruled against defense arguments to exclude the pre-trail confession Rossy made to Bishop Police on January 17, 2013. At that time, she admitted to fraudulently using Electronic Benefit Transaction cards under fictitious names.
In Rossy’s favor was the judge’s ruling that, of the 31 counts of identity theft for which she was originally charged, only those that personally appeared in court would be considered. Overall, Argento’s rulings do not appear to have any effect on the amount of the funds that Rossy is accused of having embezzled.