Q: In July 2013, Dan Compson, who worked for Caltrans in Marysville, and a woman who worked for Fish and Game were accused of taking money in exchange for processing inflated invoices for goods not received. What was the outcome on this case?
Concerned state taxpayer and former state employee, Oroville
A: Two state workers, Danny Gray Compson of Yuba City and Stephanie Clark of Fair Oaks were arrested in July 2013, accused of taking bribes, including money orders and vacation trips, in an office-supply fraud scheme that investigators said defrauded the California Department of Transportation and Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Also arrested was Michael Mathison, owner of San Pedro-based Veteran Toner Services. A complaint filed by California Attorney General Kamala Harris claimed that Mathison gave inflated office-supply quotes to the departments along with ginned-up bids from bogus “competitors” at even higher rates.
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The Sacramento Bee reported that the attorney general’s Bureau of Investigation launched its probe after receiving an anonymous tip in April 2012. It alleged that Clark, a Fish and Wildlife employee, took bribes totaling $23,800 over the course of five years, including a Disneyland vacation and more than 50 postal money orders deposited to her bank account, in return for ordering overpriced supplies from Mathison.
The complaint alleged that Compson submitted Caltrans invoices worth as much as $5,000 per week to be paid, but he never received the product from Mathison.
According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, Compson pleaded no contest to bribery and misappropriating state funds, and was sentenced in June 2014 to four years in state prison. He is in San Quentin State Prison.
Mathison pleaded guilty to misappropriating state funds and was sentenced to seven years in state prison. He is incarcerated at California Institution for Men, Chino.
Clark pleaded no contest to bribery and misappropriating state funds and was sentenced to four years in prison. Her name does not appear in the online roster of current state prison inmates.