HERMOSA BEACH — In a letter expected to be mailed next week, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office will ask the Hermosa Beach Police Department to investigate allegations that Mayor Jack Wood provided false information on a city health insurance form last year in order to qualify his girlfriend for coverage.
Deputy Dist. Atty. Herbert Lapin said last week that the letter to Police Chief Frank Beeson has been drafted and will be mailed after it is approved by Deputy Dist. Atty. Steven A. Sowders, who heads special investigations for the district attorney's office.
Lapin, who has been assigned the Hermosa Beach case, said he has not looked into the allegations against Wood, which were submitted in writing in December by civic activist Roger Creighton. Lapin said his office decided to forward the case to the Police Department because it involves alleged crimes within Hermosa Beach.
"We are just saying, 'Hey, it is in your jurisdiction and you should have primary responsibility for the investigation of it,' " Lapin said. "There is an investigation to be done, and we are trying to go through the proper channels."