August 13, 2022
Ex-sheriff’s deputy caught in fraud over bullet-resistant vest
LOS ANGELES – (INT) – A one-time San Bernardino County law enforcement officer finds himself on the wrong side of the law.

Christopher Lloyd Burnell, who formerly worked for the sheriff’s department, has pleaded guilty to 11 counts of wire fraud and filing false tax returns. Burnell, a resident of Highland, entered his pleas Monday at federal court in Los Angeles.

According to court documents, Burnell falsely claimed to have accumulated tens of millions of dollars from lawsuits he purportedly won against the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and Kaiser Permanente; from selling a patent for an air-cooled, bullet-resistant vest.

His scheme began in 2010 and continued for nearly 7-years. During that time, Burnell lured victims into investing at least $5.6 million with him, then using their money on an extravagant lifestyle including losing more than $2 million in gambling at the San Manuel Casino.

Burnell faces up to 20 years in federal prison at his sentencing August 15th.
Story Date: May 15, 2022
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