On January 17, the Atascosa County grand jury returned a ninecount indictment against former Atascosa County EMS Director Edward “Bo” Dugosh III. He was arrested by the Atascosa County Sheriff’s office on January 23 with the charges Fraud Intent Obtain Controlled Substances III/IV.
Sheriff David Soward of the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) was notified around May 9, 2019 by county officials that the interim Atascosa County EMS director Don Penny had found that there was missing narcotics from the EMS safe. “I was requested by county officials to conduct an investigation which we began, and which was headed up by Chief Investigator [Jake] Guerra,” said ACSO Sheriff Soward. “We requested assistance from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) diversion unit who came down and conducted a narcotics audit. The results of the audit confirmed that there were missing narcotics from EMS while under the control of former Atascosa County EMS Director Edward “Bo” Dugosh III.”
“Our investigation also showed that narcotics were ordered and picked up by Dugosh and paid for by the county,” stated Sheriff Soward. “These narcotics were never disbursed to EMS units to be used. The actual value of the narcotics in this case was over $750. We completed the investigation and Chief Guerra sent the case to the District Attorney’s office in October 2019. Then on January 17 a grand jury returned a nine- count indictment against Dugosh. He was arrested on January 23 by the ACSO and posted bond totaling $135,000.”
According to Atascosa County Judge Bob Hurley, Dugosh was called twice in front of the Commissioners Court to address his performance.
He was fired on April 8 in open session of Commissioners Court after an executive session. Judge Hurley also stated he had given Dugosh numerous opportunities to correct and improve his performance. Since Dugosh was fired, Judge Hurley said that the county has changed their operating procedures on the handling of all drugs, narcotics and inventory. “We put in software systems to track all the meds from purchase to end use and we have a much better handle on it now,” said Judge Hurley. “Don Penny, the new EMS director, is very diligent about giving us the report. We are paying very close attention to what is being done.” Penny was made full- time Atascosa County EMS director as of June 3, 2019.
Dugosh was awarded the position of Atascosa County EMS Director by Commissioners Court on Monday, October 9, 2018. Dugosh replaced Jimmy Day, long time EMS Director for the county who had announced his retirement. Dugosh assumed the position of EMS Director on November 1. Dugosh began working in Atascosa County in 2014 as a paramedic. He worked in fire and EMS in 2004, serving in Somerset, Universal City and Schertz. He graduated paramedic school in 2008 and in 2012 was hired on as Bexar County ESD- 5 fire chief.
The grand jury indictment alleges that, on or about December 13, 2018, December 29, 2018, January 24, 2019, January 31, 2019, February 21, 2019, February 22, 2019, March 13, 2019 March 22, 2019 and March 29, 2019 Dugosh knowingly obtained a controlled substance, namely Lorazepam, by misrepresentation and deception, claiming that said controlled substance was for use of the Atascosa County Emergency Medical Service Department.