Search warrant executed in AVTA offices Thursday

AVTALANCASTER – The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office served a search warrant this morning at the offices of the Antelope Valley Transit Authority seeking computer files dating back to September 2008, according to a news release issued by AVTA Thursday.

AVTA officials said a team of seven investigators took part in the search, which focused on past computer files of five former administrators.

“We are cooperating in any way we can” said AVTA’s Executive Director Julie Austin. “Our new administrative staff is committed to transparency and we welcome all efforts to set the agency right so that we may focus exclusively on serving the transit community.”

The D.A. began their investigation in October 2010 after three administrators resigned amid allegations of misconduct and misappropriation of funds among management.

Former Executive Director Randy Floyd resigned in September 2010 prior to a special meeting of the Board of Directors. Resignations were also tendered by former Chief Finance Officer Esmyrna Agustin-Jorge and former Administrative Services Manager Kim Hemperly.

AVTA officials said Thursday that they fully support the investigation moving forward.

“This is an extremely serious matter for the Board of Directors,” said AVTA Board Chair Norm Hickling. “The Board ensured this matter was turned over to the District Attorney nearly a year ago and we are anxious to bring this matter to resolution so that we can focus on improving the organization for our ridership and dedicated staff.”