On Sept. 21, the former manager and winemaker at a California winery was sentenced to eight years in prison. He pleaded guilty to grand theft by embezzlement and filing false tax return charges on Aug. 8.
On Aug. 31, it was reported that a 57-year-old former superintendent for a California high school was scheduled to be arraigned on multiple felony charges. The man was accused of manipulating the school board to increase the amount he received in pay and benefits.
A 55-year-old man who has earned a multitude of awards and praise for working to make California students' meals healthier was accused of taking $65,000 from the Los Angeles Unified School District and putting it into his own private consulting firm. He appeared in court on Aug. 8 and pleaded not guilty to a total of 15 felony counts that included misappropriation of funds and embezzlement.
On July 25, the former director of a California-based physical fitness firm was sentenced to more than seven years after she was convicted on embezzlement charges. She had been accused of embezzling an estimated $1 million for her gambling habit and for other personal expenses.
On June 30, it was reported that a California man who was the former CFO of Alameda-Contra Costa Transit was convicted on seven charges associated with embezzlement, tax evasion and money laundering. The man was charged in 2014 after he was allegedly stole more than $500,000 from an Oakland-based church.
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.
On May 19, the former manager of a California no-kill shelter was taken into custody after she was accused of embezzling funds. Board members of the Kings SPCA in Hanford said that the shelter shut down on May 11 as a result of a lack of funds.
A 47-year-old California woman has been charged with embezzling over $200,000 from the Lamont Public Utility District. The charges were announced during a press conference by the Kern County District Attorney's Office on April 25.
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.
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.