- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Three Fresno County employees have been placed on administrative leave after an investigation into alleged thefts from dead people’s estates.

County District Attorney Lisa A. Smittcamp announced her office’s findings Thursday.

The Fresno Bee reports (https://bit.ly/1JuAWbi ) three employees from the Public Administrator’s Office were placed on leave last week. Two have since resigned.

Smittcamp says there is a pending criminal investigation and that investigators believe the alleged thefts occurred over potentially three to five years.

According to the Bee, the Public Administrator’s website says assets belonging to estates handled by the office may have been stolen.

The Public Administrator’s Office handles estates of people who died with no one to oversee their assets.

Smittcamp declined to say how many estates or how much money was potentially involved.

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Information from: The Fresno Bee, https://www.fresnobee.com

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