Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca demoted three top supervisors this week in connection with an alleged cheating scam during a regional law enforcement relay race last year, officials said.
The allegations arose from the "Baker to Vegas" event — a foot race for charity that draws police agencies from several states. After that race, the event's organizers received word that one of the contest's faster participants was not a law enforcement employee.
It turned out that the team representing the sheriff's Transit Services Bureau allowed someone not listed on their roster to jump in and run a leg, officials said.
"What could have been in your noggin to think you could get away with something like that?" asked Chuck Foote, a retired LAPD officer who helps organize the race. "This is for law enforcement…. As far as I know he wasn't anything."