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Former California DOC Worker Kept Confidential Prison Gang Files at Home
Convicted of theft in November 2008, Rachel Rivas Dumbrique (Rivas) was sentenced to one year in county jail plus five years probation. She was also ordered to pay $122,000 in restitution to cover the Department of Consumer Affairs’ costs in taking steps to protect state employees against any resultant identity theft.
Rivas was married to CDCR prisoner Edward Dumbrique. She met Edward, a Mexican Mafia gang member doing life for murder, when she served as an alternate juror in a 2005 trial where he was acquitted of assaulting a prison guard. She was hired by the CDCR in March 2006, and worked there for six months before transferring to another state job position.
While she was at the CDCR, Rivas downloaded a personnel roster and e-mailed it to a private account, “dumbri-que.luv.” When suspicious Consumer Affairs investigators raided her house looking for the roster, they also found four other documents stamped “confidential” in her bedroom closet. Those highly sensitive files included CDCR reports on prisoners who were documented members of the Northern Structure Gang, Aryan Brotherhood and Mexican Mafia, as well as debriefing reports on gang activity within CDCR facilities.
Prosecutors did not say whether the gang-related files had been shared with Edward. Rivas’ defense attorney, Jer-emy Van Etten, postulated at sentencing that she was only a pawn and the documents had been planted in her home.
Superior Court Judge Steve White wasn’t impressed with that argument. He described Rivas’ crime as a “serious mat-ter,” and denied requests for leniency based upon Rivas having three children and no previous criminal record.
Rivas and Edward Dumbrique have since divorced.
Sources: Sacramento Bee, Associated Press
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