CBS2 is reporting two deputies with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department were relieved of duty Thursday after an investigation uncovered what authorities called a “possible long-term scheme to defraud the citizens of Los Angeles County.”
“While disappointed at the alleged conduct this investigation uncovered involving department personnel, Sheriff Alex Villanueva will not tolerate employee misconduct and expects all members of the department to hold themselves to the highest level of ethical and professional conduct,” the department said in a statement.
The year-long investigation was sparked after irregularities were discovered in the concealed carry weapon application process.
LASD’s Public Corruption Unit, along with state and federal agencies, served search warrants at several locations, according to a release by the Sheriff’s Information Bureau, for weapon law violations.
The employees’ roles with the sheriff’s department were not disclosed, but the department reported they “were relieved of duty, and their peace officer powers were suspended” while authorities investigated their alleged involvement in the scheme.
The news comes on the heels of the Times reporting a judge has dismissed a case against deputies accused of covering up an assault in East L.A.
CIty News Service contributed to this report.