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California woman embezzled money to pay for luxuries

A Laguna Beach police detective led the investigation of a 34-year-old woman and uncovered evidence that she embezzled $1,538,771 from multiple businesses in Orange County. After accepting a plea deal from federal prosecutors, the woman entered a guilty plea and now faces the possibility of up to 23 years in prison and $350,000 in fines. According to court documents, she primarily spent the money on vacations, living expenses, horse rentals and cosmetic surgery.

City worker arrested for embezzlement

California residents may be interested to know that on March 29, 2017, the former Compton deputy city treasurer was taken into custody by the FBI for embezzling. The 47-year-old man is facing federal charges for allegedly stealing $3,721,924 from May 2010 through December 2016 from programs supported by federal funds.

Former mayor accused of financial theft

On March 10, it was reported that a former mayor of a California city was seeking to have his $1 million bond reduced as he said that he could not afford it. The 43-year-old, who was the former mayor of Stockton, was accused of embezzlement, grand theft and misuse of public funds from the Stockton Kids Club, among other offenses.

Banker sentenced to 11 years for stock scheme

On Feb. 15, it was reported that a California-based investment banker was sentenced to prison after being convicted of fraud charges in 2016. The man, age 46, was convicted of securities fraud, investment adviser fraud and conspiracy after he became involved in a scheme to manipulate shares at a reinsurer that has since gone out of business.

Warning signs of a Ponzi scheme

California residents who want to make some easy money often look to new investments. Unfortunately, many investments that sound too good to be true are actually fraudulent. For example, Ponzi schemes bring in new investors to provide the funds needed to pay existing investors. These schemes are not sustainable and eventually collapse when there are no more new investors.

Alanis Morissette's former manager charged with embezzlement

A California business manager pleaded guilty to embezzlement on Jan. 18. The former partner at Sherman Oaks-based GSO Business Management was sued last year by one of his clients, singer Alanis Morissette. In a plea agreement, the manager admitted that he had embezzled $4.8 million from Morissette, over $1 million from another client and $737,500 from yet another client.

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