March 15, 2001 (LOS ANGELES) – A Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy and three jail custody assistants have been charged with conspiring in a credit card fraud.
The charges are part of an ongoing investigation into scams allegedly orchestrated by Sheriff’s Deputy David Osorio. He was not named in an indictment unsealed Wednesday which alleges that Christopher Coleman, 34, of Los Angeles headed operations at the Twin Towers, where he worked as a custodial assistant.
Also named were Deputy Jesse Zuniga, 57, custodial assistants Tirrell Thomas, 27, and Meko Goodley, 26, and four others, including Coleman’s brother, Marcus, 31.
Osorio has pleaded not guilty to charges of fraudulent credit card use. A total of 11 sheriff’s Department employees are on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation.