According to investigators with the Fullerton Police Department, a 42-year-old Yorba woman was charged with embezzling around $266,000 from the Fullerton Aquatics Sports Team. Police reportedly took the woman into custody on Oct. 25.
Police reported that the woman had served as the treasurer for the Fullerton Aquatics Sports team from 2012 through 2015. Officers said that the woman's arrest came after a long investigation conducted by the property crimes unit of the Fullerton Police Department.
Officers served a warrant on the woman alleging multiple felony counts. She is facing charges of felony computer access, fraud, embezzlement, making false entries in records and burglary. The woman is also reportedly facing several sentencing enhancers for allegedly causing property damage valued at more than $200,000 and allegedly committing white collar crime in an amount of more than $100,000.
People who are charged with embezzlement or fraud may face severe penalties if they are convicted. Those who learn that they are being investigated for committing such an offense might want to consult with a criminal defense attorney who has experience with these types of white collar crimes before any charges have been issued. An attorney may work to secure an agreement not to file charges with the prosecuting attorney. If the person has already been charged, the attorney may work to secure a plea to a lesser offense or one that does not involve prison time. Depending on the evidence, an attorney may be able to win dismissal of the charges if mistakes were made in the investigation of the matter.
Source: Fountain Valley Patch, "Woman sunk after allegedly embezzling from an Orange County aquatic center," Ashley Ludwig, Oct. 26, 2016