Crime

Fresno Co. prosecutor focus of ID-theft case

David Evan Jones, a Fresno County deputy district attorney, has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an investigation into alleged identity theft.

Sheriff's deputies served a search warrant at Jones' home in the Clovis area Friday evening and seized several computers, Sheriff Margaret Mims said Tuesday.

An investigation into alleged identity theft involving the use of computers was started several weeks ago, Mims said. It will take several weeks to examine the computers for any forensic evidence, she said.

Jones has not been arrested, and criminal charges -- if any -- would be handled by the state Attorney General's Office, she said. Mims would not say what sparked the investigation and declined to comment further on the case.

Robert Morgester, a deputy attorney general in Sacramento, confirmed his office is aware of the sheriff's investigation but declined to comment on the matter.

Bob Ellis, an assistant deputy district attorney, said Jones was placed on administrative leave with pay Friday. Ellis said he could not comment further on the action because it involved a personnel matter.

According to California State Bar records, Jones studied law at Whittier College and was admitted to the State Bar in December 1993. There is no record of any prior disciplinary or administrative actions against him.

Jones has been considering a run for a Fresno County Superior Court judgeship. Jones has said he would seek the spot held by Judge W. Kent Levis Jr., who he said would be retiring.

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