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Gail Fry |

In September 2021, Black Voice News and  IE Voice reported a federal jury’s rendering of a $2.5 million judgment after it found whistleblower, former San Bernardino County employee Eric Bahra, had warned the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department as well as San Bernardino Children and Family Services, of a “systemic failure” that resulted in more than 54 foster children being placed in the home of a known sexual abuser. Recently, Black Voice News reporter Gail Fry, who originally reported  this story, sat down with Bahra’s attorney, Charles Bonner, to discuss the case and the extreme attempts by county officials to cover it up at the expense of children they are paid to protect. 

Note: During the interview Bonner refers to L and M children. For clarity, M-children is a reference to the 54 foster children placed in the home of a known sexual abuser. L-children  refers to the biological children in a separate case assigned to Bahra where the youngest child, a baby, died in the parents’ care. The county allegedly used this case in a desperate and failed attempt to discredit Bahra. The children in both cases are identified in this manner due to privacy laws. In a related case, former San Bernardino Social Worker Mary Anna Whitehall alleges she was terminated after she disclosed to the juvenile dependency court that the Department of Family and Children Services had “intentionally perpetrated a fraud upon the court in the  dead baby case in an apparent effort to discredit social worker Bahra. The next hearing in the Whiehall  case is scheduled for October 31, 2022. The interview also includes a reference to form San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos who was in office at the time the whistleblower came forward.

Gail Fry

Gail Fry is a legal assistant who acted as a self-appointed government watchdog in San Bernardino County during the early 2000s. Over those years she sought public records, was critical of county-paid benefits for state judges, expressed concern over the perceived creative financing for court construction and played a key role in the California Fair Political Practices Commission’s formal warning to former San Bernardino County Sheriff Gary Penrod for violating the Political Reform Act for failing to disclose ownership of several properties over many years. Fry then served eight years as a reporter for The Alpenhorn News, a biweekly newspaper covering the San Bernardino Mountain communities. Fry remains committed in her quest to hold government officials accountable to the people they represent through her articles in Moffatt Media, The IE Voice, Black Voice News and The San Bernardino American News, as well as her work with various law firms on issues she believes will shine a light on government corruption.