RED BLUFF, Calif. - The Tehama County Sheriff's Department is looking into an alleged crime of application fraud, committed by Tehama County Superintendent Candidate Charles Allen.
Sheriff Dave Hencratt said it's not clear what potential charges Allen could face, if any, but their office wanted to be proactive when they heard of the allegations.
"You know not sit on them, that's one thing I didn't want to be accused of, of not doing anything," said Sheriff Hencratt.
In 2009, Allen applied to work for the Tehama County Department of Education. According to public records, he claimed to have a master's degree. The position he applied for, Assistant Superintendent, required one. Since being hired, Allen has received extra pay for the master's degree with an annual stipend.
However, now Allen has admitted to not having a master's degree, but the equivalent, and that's why the sheriff's department stepped in.
"It's involving a public official, public funds, we have the ability and expertise to do it," said Sheriff Hencratt.
This investigation comes as Allen prepares for his run as Tehama County Superintendent.
"We can separate ourselves from all the election stuff, some people call it dirty politics, and just do our jobs," said Sheriff Hencratt.
Regardless of the election results, the sheriff's department has one goal.
"There is an alleged crime and we're going to look into it," said Sheriff Hencratt.
The election is June 3, 2014. KRCR News Channel 7 reached out to Allen for comment but the calls were not returned. The sheriff's department hopes to have their investigation completed in the next week.