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L.A. Times, 3/15/06
In 2004 OCSD AssistantSheriff George Jaramillowas charged with multiplefelonies for conflict ofinterest and misusingdeputies, sheriff’s patrolcars and a helicopter forprivate gain. While employed as a consultant for CHG Safety Technologies Jaramillo promoted a car immobilizing device, staging demonstrations for the OCSD and other agencies.
Sheriff Mike Carona said that he had warned Jaramillo about a potential conflict of interest should he accept a position with CHG. Carona said that Jaramillo never brought it up again.He later fired Jaramillo.
Jaramillo eventually pled no contest to a felony and served six months. His sister-in-law, Erica Hill, supposedly was given a job with CHG as part of these shenanigans.
Ex-Garden Grove cop, left under a cloud and was then hired by his friend Mike Carona to be his number two man
2004: Sheriff's Charity Group ProbedA federal grand jury subpoena seeks records from the Mike Carona Foundation.
In connection with an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, a Federal Grand Jury issued a subpoena for all financial records held by a non-profit charity established by Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona shortly after his election. According to the Los Angeles Times, the foundation supposedly raised only $22,000 between 1999, the year Carona took office, and 2000. But in 2001 it allegedly raised $625,050, giving $15,000 to the Hispanic Education Endowment Fund. In 2002 it reportedly raised $100,000, gave away $199,800 and declared an ending balance of $484,159. Stated benefactors in 2002 include the Hispanic endowment fund, the O.C. Rescue Mission and others.
The California Fair Political Practices Commission is investigating allegedly illegal contributions made to Carona in 2002. Evidence suggests that a business associate of Carona’s ex-assistant, George Jaramillo, laundered a $200,000 contribution to Carona by pretending that it came from multiple donors.
Los Angeles Times, October 5, 2004
2005: Sheriff Mike Carona’s“Shake-and-Bake” Deputies
O.C. Sheriff Mike Carona’s grant of police powers to86 friends, relatives and campaign supporters wasrevoked by the State Commission on Peace OfficersStandards and Training, which ruled that they wereeither unqualified, untrained or had not passed necessary background checks. Those who got badges and guns included an assortment of doctors, lawyers and businessmen who hosted fundraisers and contributed funds to Corona’s campaign. Several others were friends and relatives of the person who established the reserve program, former Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl, whose son was recently convicted of rape.
Despite an official finding that these reserve “deputies” lacked necessary training, Sheriff Carona tried to get them reinstated. He didn’t succeed.
Los Angeles Times, 5/26/05
On 9/6/05 the California Attorney General filed 16misdemeanor counts against Sheriff CaptainChristine Murray for illegally soliciting donationsfor Sheriff Carona’s re-election from her OCSDcolleagues. State law prohibits employees of localor State Government from asking other employeesto make political contributions.
Cpt. Murray’s attorney said she was innocent andcalled the charges an attempt to smear Carona andhinder his re-election. A Sheriff’s spokesperson said that Cpt. Murray has an “exemplary record with this department and we look forward to resolving this matter.” It seems that the charges were eventually dismissed in return for Captain Murray performing community service.
Orange County Register, 9/7/05
2005: Erica Hill Captainstrikes back
In November 2005 Erica Hill wentpublic, charging that she had sex withJaramillo as a teen-ager. She alsosaid that she had sex with SheriffCarona four times in exchange for apromise to make her husband a deputy.
Carona never hired the husband. For obvious reasons, the husband and Erica Hill separated.
Hill’s allegations were revealed when her Grand Jury testimony in the case against Jaramillo was released. Both Hill and Carona asked the California Attorney General to investigate.
Hill’s allegations ultimately went nowhere. After all, it was her word against “America’s Sheriff.” Who would you believe?
In March 2007 Haidl and Jaramillo were secretly indicted on tax charges, Haidl for not declaring business funds he spent on his son’s defense, and Jaramillo for failing to disclose cash and other gifts he got from Haidl. They ratted on Carona, accusing him of selling his office by accepting cash and gifts from Haidl and doling out badges and gun permits to contributors. In October 2007 a Federal Grand Jury returned a multi-count indictment against Carona, his wife Deborah Carona and his mistress Debra Hoffman. (Charges against the women were later dropped.)