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Felony Charges Brought Against Kern County Deputy Are Dismissed

Posted on Tuesday, January 07, 2014 at 12:00AM

BILL HADDEN
Partner
Silver, Hadden, Silver,Wexler & Levine

   When Kern County Deputy Sheriff Kacie Craven found herself defending against felony charges in June 2011 for allegedly defrauding the County due to time record irregularities, she was nothing less than astonished.
   Surely, like many deputies, she usually procrastinated until the last day of the pay period to submit her time entries. Just as surely, there were occasions when that procrastination contributed to an imperfect memory in the time entries she made, both to the disadvantage of the County and herself. Incredibly, there was virtually no evidence that the mistakes she made were brought to her attention by supervisers, as corrections to her time errors were diligently but silently made by payroll technicians.
   Approximately a year after the charges were filed, Craven came to be represented by Bill Hadden of Silver, Hadden, Silver, Wexler & Levine, who in turn obtained the services of private investigator and retired Kern County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Sergeant Jeff Niccoli, someone intimately familiar with the nuances of the Department’s timekeeping. They subsequently prepared and presented voluminous materials for the distrcit attorney’s review, all suggesting that Craven’s errors were wholly inadvertent and without any intent to defraud or disadvantage the County.
   On November 8, 2013, after exhaustive consideration of the matter, the D.A.’s office moved to dismiss the charges, with prejudice, “in the interests of justice.”
   Ms. Craven readily acknowledges that “I never expected to use my LDF coverage, but I would have been lost without it.” She has since voluntarily left KCSO to spend more time raising her three small children.

About the Author
Bill Hadden joined what is now Silver, Hadden, Silver, Wexler & Levine in 1982 and became a partner in 1986. A graduate of Loyola Law School, Hadden has handled primarily the firm’s high-profile criminal and administrative cases for over a quarter century. Hadden has also represented countless public safety members in all phases of litigation, and frequently lectures and writes about prominent legal issues pertaining to law enforcement. 
 

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