Bill Chase, a private investigator who is working with First American Title, said he is "very upset" about the transfer. He said MacKenzie often speaks at fraud investigators' seminars, and has gained a reputation as "a qualified expert in his field."
Exactly what MacKenzie's new duties will be remained unclear on Monday. MacKenzie said his new boss, John Lynch, told him that he would work in East Los Angeles as a so-called "filing deputy"--a prosecutor who decides whether to file criminal charges in a case.
Lynch, however, said the assignment as a filing deputy would last only until MacKenzie finished trying his remaining fraud cases. After that, Lynch said, he intends to employ MacKenzie as "calendar deputy"--a prosecutor assigned to a courtroom and handling all cases on that court's calendar.
"People get rotated back to become calendar deputies all the time," Lynch said. "Al had an extraordinarily long run over at major fraud. I don't know whether he felt he was going to be there for his entire career, but you don't get a deed to the office."