LONG BEACH — An accountant for California State University, Long Beach, has been fired following his arrest last month on suspicion of embezzling an unspecified amount of money from business office trust accounts, school officials said last week.
Juan Vargas, former manager of trust accounting and a university employee since 1979, was arrested on Feb. 28 after officials discovered a missing sum that University Relations Director Eugene Asher would only describe as significant but "not huge."
The campus newspaper Daily Forty-Niner reported that the amount was about $14,000, but Asher declined to comment on that report.
June Cooper, vice president of faculty and staff, said Vargas "has admitted to taking the money" and is working with the university to make restitution. He was fired last week.
Deputy Dist. Atty. John W. Bax said he still hasn't decided whether to file formal charges.
"A case has been submitted to me for review, I'm still reviewing it," Bax said. "I want all the facts in front of me before I make a decision and I don't think I have all the facts." The prosecutor declined to elaborate beyond adding that he expects to reach a decision on the case within the next two weeks.