(AP) — The former second-in-command of the nation's largest sheriff's department and another former top official surrendered to the FBI Thursday on federal charges they hindered an investigation into deputies accused of abusing inmates in the Los Angeles County jail system.
Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka and former Capt. William Thomas Carey
were indicted on charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
The two, both 56, are the most senior officials charged in the
long-running and widespread investigation of jailhouse corruption and
abuse that tarnished the career of Sheriff Lee Baca, who resigned last
"The scheme to obstruct justice rose to the executive level of the
Sheriff's Department," U.S. Attorney Stephanie Yonekura said at a news
conference. "Both men were aware that there was rampant abuse at the
jail, and both men were aware that the internal investigations of that
abuse were insufficient."