The Mountain Messenger

Former Sierra County Behavioral Health Employee Arrested


Press Release by Sierra County Sheriff's Office

SIERRA COUNTY – September 7, 2023 – The Sierra County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of Brandi Purvis, a former employee of Sierra County Behavioral Health, following a thorough investigation into allegations of identity theft, embezzlement, and larceny. The investigation, which began in April of 2023, revealed the misuse of authority by Mrs. Purvis, who allegedly exploited a vulnerable client for personal financial gain.

During the course of the investigation, Sierra County deputies uncovered compelling evidence that Brandi Purvis exerted undue influence in her position within the county to perpetrate a series of fraudulent activities. It is alleged that she illicitly accessed the victim's banking cards and subsequently made unauthorized purchases, amounting to thousands of dollars in merchandise, that was delivered to her residence.

In a coordinated effort, on September 6, 2023, Sierra County deputies traveled to Lassen County, CA, ...