An investigator employed at the Kern County Public Defender’s office is under investigation. According to reports, Dave Brown is being investigated for alleged “misuse” of the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) program.
The complaint charges that Brown used his access to CJIS to find information on defendants he was never asked to investigate. It is further alleged he then personally billed Liberty Bail Bonds and Aladdin Bail Bonds, both of whom do Kern County bail bonds, for “investigative hours” and “fugitive recovery” services.
Attorneys for the six defendants Brown checked up on have said they had not requested Brown to do informational searches on their respective clients. Upon execution of the warrant to search Brown’s home he issued a statement of “no comment” and requested to speak with an attorney.
The case was initiated by Public Defender Arthur Titus. Titus had been made aware that “invoices involving outside employment” had been located on the hard drive of Brown’s computer. A spokesperson from the Kern County Sheriffs Department declined to comment.
A spokesperson from the Kern County Public Defender’s office declined further comment, citing the matter was a personnel issue.
The District Attorney’s office is currently investigating the case. Bakersfield.com said that calls to Aladdin Bail Bonds were not immediately returned.