A former Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant, Bonnie Bryant, is a 28-year veteran of the department and a was a narcotics task force supervisor. He has been arrested and accused of stealing cash during a sting operation. He has plead not guilty to charges of grand theft and embezzlement.
He has been charged with one felony count of grand theft of personal property and another felony count of embezzlement by a public officer. He is also been charged with a misdemeanor crime of petty theft and a special criminal allegation that he carrying a gun during the commission of a crime.
He has been accused of stealing $4,000 during an narcotics sting operation that was staged by the Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau in the summer of 2012. A guard who was monitoring activity over a security camera said he observed him putting money in a bag in the trunk of his car in a parking lot.
He resigned from the Sheriff's Department late last year. Prosecutors say that he is facing over 4 years in a California state prison if convicted.
He was released from jail after posting a bail of $70,000. He is scheduled to be back in court later this month for his preliminary hearing where it will be decided if there is enough evidence for him to stand trial.
Grand theft is the taking of another person's property, valued at over $400, by illegal means and without permission. Grand theft can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony offense. The legal penalties for a grand theft conviction can vary greatly, depending on the circumstances of the crime and the value of the stolen property stolen.
If you have been charged with grand theft in the Los Angeles area, you will need to consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Grand theft charges require handling by a skilled lawyer who is familiar with criminal law and know how to negotiate with the court. At Goldstein Law Group, we have decades of experience handling any type of theft crime charges. We also know how to seek alternatives to jail time, such as probation or counseling. Do not risk a conviction that can affect your life for many years. Call our law firm immediately for a free case evaluation.