Tuesday, December 14, 2010 – 08:45 a.m.

News continues to trickle out on a federal probe involving government officials receiving free care at San Bernardino County-owned and operated Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC).

The term ‘government’ versus ‘county’ officials is now more approriate since it appears state-level officials may have also been given ‘V.I.P.’ treatment at the facility free of charge.

But, it gets even better.

Reliable sources tell InlandPolitics.com that some elected and appointed San Bernardino County officials received treatment using an alias instead of their real names.

If everything was believed to be on the up and up, then why use fake names?

It will be interesting to hear all the explanations on this one.

On November 4, 2010 agents for the Federal Bureau of Investigation executed search warrants at ARMC and recovered boxes of records from the facility in addition to conducting interviews of medical and administrative staff.

A federal grand jury convened last week to take testimony and review evidence.

Bear in mind former county counsel Ruth Stringer and former county administrative officer Mark Uffer both have publicly said to the media they knew nothing.