LOS ANGELES – A retired Los Angeles County sheriff's
deputy who pleaded no contest in April to embezzling almost half a
million dollars from the City of La Puente was sentenced today to
three years in state prison.
Joseph Dyer, 56, surrendered to authorities this morning to begin
serving his prison term. As a sheriff’s deputy, Dyer supervised the
impound program at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD)
Industry Station and collected towing fees from residents.
Dyer pleaded no contest on April 7 to one felony count of public
officer crime before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephen
The defendant and his wife, Lydia Dyer, 48, were indicted in July
2009 on charges that he stole nearly $500,000 in tow fees from La
Puente between June 2001 and December 2007, and the couple failed to
report that money on their tax returns.
Lydia Dyer pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of filing a
false tax return on April 7. She was immediately sentenced to 12
months summary probation.
Deputy District Attorney Amy Pellman Pentz of the Justice System
Integrity Division said, “Justice was served in this case.” She
noted that the defendants made full restitution to the victims.
Additionally, Dyer will serve time in prison and his wife will be on
As a condition of their plea, the defendants jointly paid
$454,588 in restitution to LASD, plus $100,000 for investigative
expenses. The couple also paid $44,149 in back taxes and interest to
the California Franchise Tax Board on March 10.
This case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s