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San Bernardino sheriff, DA investigating city government

The San Bernardino City Hall exterior is seen in this file photo from Tuesday, July 10, 2012.

July 13, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is looking into possible criminal activity within the city government.

Sheriff-Coroner Rod Hoops confirmed that the investigation actually began months ago. He did not release any details about the investigation, who it's focused on, or whether it relates to the city's bankruptcy filing.

City Attorney James Penman said the city council had been presented with falsified documents that masked the city's budget deficit for 13 of the past 16 years.

However, interim City Manager Andrea Travis-Miller said she had not discovered any deliberate deception.

All of this comes as the city faces a budget shortfall of about $45 million.

The San Bernardino City Council voted Tuesday to file for bankruptcy, making the town the third California city poised to do so in less than two weeks.