Charges filed in Tehachapi CSD case

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Felony charges have been filed against Richard E. Williford for unlawful appropriation of public funds and conflicts of interest based on Mr. Williford’s receiving more than $140,000 from Mountain Meadows Community Services District, District Attorney Lisa S. Green announced today.

Richard Williford is the former general manager of the Mountain Meadows Community Services District which serves about 100 homes, south of Highline Road near Tehachapi. 

An investigation was launched after residents complained that most of the district’s equipment was missing or in disrepair. That equipment would have been used to maintain the roads, most of them being dirt, and common areas like the mailboxes in the community– but that maintenance never got done. 

The Kern County District Attorney’s Office Public Integrity Unit independently investigated the case. Mr. Williford is charged with 18 felony counts of unlawful appropriation of public funds and six felony counts of entering into contracts with Mountain Meadows CSD in which he had a personal financial interest, according to the district attorney’s office.

No arraignment date has been set.

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