3 LA sheriff's supervisors demoted for cheating in 'Baker to Vegas' charity relay race

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A 2006 photo of the side of an L.A. County Sheriff's Department Baker To Vegas race vehicle.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has demoted three top department supervisors for cheating in a charity relay race.

Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore tells the Los Angeles Times Wednesday that Baca disciplined five people including three who were demoted — considered among the worst punishments short of firing.

The allegations arose from last year’s “Baker to Vegas” relay, a foot race run through the Mojave Desert with teams from law enforcement agencies.

The sheriff’s Transit Services Bureau allowed an especially speedy runner on their team who did not work for the department or any other police agency.

The team was banned from this year’s event and Baca opened an internal investigation.

The sheriff declined to release the name or rank of any of the five disciplined.

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