Voicemail Audio Appears to Show Madera D.A. Abusing His Power

The controversy surrounding embattled Madera County District Attorney David Linn just got weirder.

Audio obtained by GV Wire (listen here) purports to show the recently censured prosecutor threatening to use his position of power against an insurance agent with whom he was having a dispute.

During the 3-minute, 7-second message, Linn asks the agent to fix a problem with the billing for a policy and then says, “Umm, if you don’t do that, I’m going to have to send an investigator out with some handcuffs and lock you up and bring you back to Madera County and talk to you in a little room for a while. I’m really sick of people not doing what they said. I’ve just about had as much as I’m going to take.”

The audio is now in the hands of state and federal investigators, according to Madera County Supervisor David Rogers. He has also heard the tape and is sure its Linn’s voice.

Linn seems to admit it’s him on the audio, but said Wednesday that the comments were made in jest

GV Wire says it obtained the voicemail message from a Fresno County official who wishes to remain anonymous for fear of retribution. It isn’t clear how they obtained it, especially since Linn reportedly dialed the wrong number and accidentally left the threatening screed with a woman in Southern California first.

Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up.


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