Warrant for Former Head of Ross Valley Sanitary District

Brett Nelson Richards

The Marin County District Attorney has filed nine felony counts against Brett Nelson Richards, former executive director of the Ross Valley Sanitary District.
The charges allege Richards misappropriated and diverted $350,000 loaned to him as part of his compensation package.  The intended use of these funds was to assist him in securing housing in the Bay Area.
An eight-month investigation developed evidence that Richards moved the $350,000 through a series of bank accounts, and never used the money for its intended purpose. His actions have resulted in misappropriation of public funds and embezzlement of public funds charges as well as a series of money laundering allegations.
The investigation to date has not led to any charges that other district employees or elected board members were complicit in the alleged illegal actions.
Shortly before the criminal investigation began, Richards resigned his position with the sanitary district and left the Bay Area. His current whereabouts are unknown, and a warrant for his arrest is currently outstanding with bail set in the amount of $1 million.
Anyone with information on Richards’s  location can contact the Marin County District Attorney’s Office at (415) 473-6450 and ask for the Chief Inspector Rob Guidi of the Investigations Unit.