On December 10, officials from a California church announced that two nuns had embezzled $500,000. Reportedly, the two used a bank account that the school where they worked had opened in 1997 but no longer used. One of the nuns, who was the school principal, had the bookkeeper process the checks. However, she then deposited them in the account and endorsed them as a convent instead of with the name of the school. The other nun was a teacher at the school.
When nonprofit organizations in California select treasurers, they entrust large amounts of money to those officers. A woman from Carmichael allegedly betrayed the trust placed in her by the Deterding Elementary School's Parent Teacher Organization, Carmichael Little League and an Orangevale baseball team. Authorities continue to hold her in Sacramento County Jail after her arrest following accusations of embezzlement. The court set her bail at $125,000.
A 50-year-old California woman has admitted to embezzling almost $60,000 from the Lake Tahoe Humane Society. She served as the nonprofit organization's executive director between 2014 and 2017 according to reports. Her guilty plea, which was part of a negotiated agreement, was announced by the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office on Sept. 24. Under the terms of the agreement, the woman will serve six months in county jail followed by four years of formal probation. She has also promised to repay the $59,664 she allegedly embezzled and refrain from gambling.
A 64-year-old man who is a licensed certified public accountant and employee of the Port of Long Beach has been charged with stealing from a merchant seaman organization and youth soccer league. He served in a volunteer capacity at both organizations and now faces 167 counts of forgery and 14 counts of grand theft. If convicted, allegations of property damage in excess of $200,000 and aggravated white-collar crime for over $500,000 could enhance his sentence. Potentially, his felony charges could produce a 130-year prison term.
The spending habits of consumers in California who buy merchandise from QVC likely cannot compare to the spending spree that recently sent one of the television network's executives to federal prison. The 42-year-old man entered a guilty plea on 11 counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy. On top of a 30-month prison sentence, which was issued July 10, a judge ordered him to restore $832,138.55 to his former employer.
A clerk at a retail store in Pine Cove was arrested in June for allegedly stealing over $100,000 from the business over an eight-month period. Authorities were first alerted to the theft when the proprietors noticed that a large sum of money seemed to be missing.
On June 5, a California woman was sentenced to four years in state prison for embezzling over $250,000 from her employer. The sentence was handed down by a Sonoma County Superior Court judge.
An investigation by the California Department of Insurance and FBI has resulted in a guilty plea from a 62-year-old Fresno man who operated an insurance brokerage and benefits management company. The man acknowledged that he spent $6,089,500 in clients' funds on personal and business operating expenses.
On April 23, a 51-year-old California woman pleaded guilty to the embezzlement of $114,304. She received a sentence of three years probation.
Prosecutors in California say that the director of a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children with special needs embezzled approximately $675,000 from the group between 2013 and 2015. The 57-year-old Santa Cruz woman was taken into custody by investigators from the Monterey County District Attorney's Office on March 19. Media reports suggest that prosecutors began investigating the nonprofit group in 2015 after an accountant hired by the woman reported a number of suspicious transactions to the California Attorney General's Office.