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Posted on: November 30, 2020

[ARCHIVED] State AG to Not Pursue Charges in County Coroner-Public Administrator's Office

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November 30, 2020

On November 23, 2020, the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office received a letter (attached) from the State Attorney General (AG), indicating the AG will not pursue charges following their investigation into the prior conduct of the former Humboldt County Coroner-Public Administrator’s Office.  The need for an investigation arose in June 2017, when Humboldt County officials received an unsigned letter questioning the way the Coroner-Public Administrator had disposed of property belonging to deceased persons.  In July 2017, the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office requested assistance from the FBI, with the idea that the FBI’s experience with public corruption cases and available resources might lead to an effective and timely investigation.  Also in July 2017, the Humboldt County District Attorney requested the State AG take the case due to possible perception of a conflict of interest.  The FBI declined to be involved, but the State AG agreed in August 2017 to assume the investigation and any subsequent prosecution. 

Attachment: Attorney General Letter re Public Admin Investigation

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