01/14/2011 12:21 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Sheriff Baca Launched A Criminal Probe At Behest Of Fashion Mogul Marciano

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca personally launched a criminal investigation in another police agency's jurisdiction after a request from a millionaire businessman who later contributed $100,000 to two sheriff's charities, according to civil court testimony, law enforcement records and interviews.

The Sheriff's Department spent well over a year probing allegations by Guess Inc. co-founder Georges Marciano that his employees embezzled $1.4 million, despite several outside accounting audits showing that no money had been stolen. In fact, evidence suggested Marciano himself spent the money on young, foreign au pairs he flew into Los Angeles for brief, luxurious stays.