Today, the Manteca Rotary Club honored San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigations Investigator Josh Gillespie as the recipient of the Don I. Asher Memorial Officer of the Year Award.
The Don I. Asher Memorial Officer of the Year Award acknowledges those in law enforcement who perform exemplary contributions to the citizens of San Joaquin County. “We are proud to have Investigator Gillespie as the recipient of this prestigious award,” said District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar. “On behalf of the Office, we congratulate Josh on this well-deserved honor.”
Investigator Gillespie began his law enforcement career with the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department in 2002. From 2002-2005, Josh worked as a Correctional Officer in the jail. In 2005, Josh was promoted to Deputy Sheriff, where he worked patrol, School Resource Officer (all of the Calaveras County schools), and as an Explorer Advisor. From 2010-2014, Josh was assigned as a narcotics detective. In 2014, Josh returned to patrol, where he promoted again to the rank of Corporal. During this time, Josh was a Field Training Officer, a member of the Hostage Negotiations Team, and occasionally was called upon to be an acting supervisor. In May of 2017, Josh was hired as a District Attorney Investigator for the San Joaquin County DA’s Office.
Investigator Gillespie was initially assigned to the IMPACT/Welfare Fraud Unit. Josh acclimated well to the complex frauds and spent just under three years in the IMPACT unit, amassing several convictions where the loss to the county and the state was $50,000 or over in each case. Overall, Josh was able to obtain 30-40 convictions of defendants who chose to defraud the Public Assistance programs designed to help needy families and children.
In March of 2020, Investigator Gillespie was assigned to the Identity Theft Unit. The ID Theft Unit is tasked with assisting prosecutors by conducting additional follow-up from cases referred from local agencies. Most of these cases involve tracking down victims throughout the United States and helping establish the cases as sophisticated and complex frauds, warranting more serious charges and exposing more criminal culpability for the defendants. Also in March of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic affected businesses and the everyday lives of citizens. CARES Act funding supplied financial relief to impacted workers in the form of stimuli payments and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. In California, the Employment Development Department (EDD) distributed those funds. Criminals quickly began exploiting the EDD processes and defrauding not only the state, but completely innocent victims of Identity Theft as well. Complaints started to pour in and the cases began to stack up, but Investigator Gillespie never wavered and has been up to the task and met every challenge encountered.
Congratulations to Investigator Gillespie on this recognition! To learn more about the Bureau of Investigations, click here.