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San Bernardino Co. PIU investigator receives AG commendation

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Schyler Beaty, a senior investigator with the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit, received a Peace Officer Certificate of Commendation from California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. Beaty is also a member of the Inland Regional Corruption Task Force.

Beaty received his award while attending a regional Zone 6 meeting in San Diego with Harris last Thursday. The meeting gave law enforcement managers from San Bernardino, Riverside, Imperial, Inyo, Mono and San Diego counties a chance to discuss current trends and encourage collaboration.

Beaty has been involved with several of the county’s most extensive public corruption investigations. Those include investigations into sitting councilmen in Grand Terrace and Rancho Cucamonga, the San Bernardino County Assessor’s Office scandal and the Colonies scandal, where he made headlines as one of two investigators arresting former county supervisor Paul Biane at Ontario International Airport after Biane did not surrender himself with the other three defendants.

Mike Smith, chief of the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation said in a press release, “ Beaty has continually distinguished himself through exceptional investigative skills contributing to the convictions of two seated councilmen in two separate cities.

“In the first case, the defendant was convicted of conspiracy, grand theft, a presenting a false claim. He was sent to state prison and was forever barred from holding public office. In the second case, the councilman pleaded to felony perjury at the arraignment, resigned his seat on the city council, and agreed to admit his guilt in court. He, too, was forever barred from holding a public office.”

During his time as a member of the Federal Task Force, Schyler played an important role in investigating complaints related to the development of the San Bernardino International Airport. So far two individuals have been charged in the matter.

“Since joining our office six years ago, Investigator Beaty has demonstrated nothing but investigative excellence in every case assigned to him,” District Attorney Mike Ramos said. “He not only has an exemplary understanding of the law, but he has a proven record of obtaining positive results when it comes to seeking justice on behalf of the citizens of our county.”

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