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Audit of PAL financial records ‘inconclusive'

officer in limbo

April 24, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE

Staff Writer

CALEXICO Calexico police Officer Miguel Enciso has been receiving paychecks for more than six months while on administrative leave as the District Attorney's Office and internal affairs investigators at the Calexico Police Department pore over Police Athletic League financial records.

Investigators are trying to find out if PAL donations were misappropriated last summer. Enciso was director at the time.

Assistant District Attorney Joseph Beard said Monday that a recent audit of the league's books was inconclusive.

"We still have questions," Beard said.

The audit was conducted by the California Department of Justice.

Beard said his office's investigation is ongoing but he was not sure of its status Monday.

Meanwhile, the Calexico Police Department is conducting its own investigation of the PAL program's finances, according to Police Chief Mario Sanchez.


He said it is premature to talk about the possibility of Enciso being reinstated or charged with a crime while the two-pronged investigation is ongoing.

As for why the investigation has taken so long, Beard said the DOJ finished its audit just a few weeks ago.

Enciso could not be reached for comment.

After Enciso was placed on leave, Sgt. Victor Legaspi took over as director of the athletic league. Legaspi was recently replaced by Officer David Sanchez.

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