Report reveals probe of disgraced former Vernon official

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The city of Vernon has released a previously private report accusing a disgraced former official of using hundreds of thousands of dollars in public funds for personal expenses including massages and Christmas gifts.

The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that the 85-page report details the city's nearly decade-old investigation into former administrator Bruce Malkenhorst.

Malkenhorst left the city in 2005 and had an annual pension of about $500,000. Malkenhorst later pleaded guilty to misappropriating public funds and state officials slashed it to $115,000.

The 78-year-old sued the city earlier this year, demanding Vernon make up the difference.

That prompted Vernon to take a new look at the report written by the city attorney at the time.

The newspaper says Malkenhorst's attorney did not return phone messages or emails.