A Santa Ana boat dealer has been arrested on suspicion of theft and embezzlement for diverting to his own use more than $50,000 collected in the sale of five boats.
Wayland Walter Parisia, 53, was arrested Wednesday by an agent of the state Department of Motor Vehicles and booked into Orange County Jail on two counts of grand theft and three counts of embezzlement.
All five incidents occurred in 1988. The DMV, which has jurisdiction over boat dealers, launched an investigation in March when it received a complaint against Parisia, according to JoAnn Black, supervisor of the investigative staff.
She said that Parisia, through a holding company, owns California Master Craft at 1214 N. Harbor Blvd. He also owned a Corona boat dealership that has been closed down.