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June 13, 1992 | From Associated Press
The former mayor of Waterbury, Conn., who prosecutors said used his six years in office to enrich himself and his cronies, then boasted that he was too smart to get caught, was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison. Former Mayor Joseph J. Santopietro, 33, was convicted in April of taking $125,000 in payoffs from developers in the late 1980s and using thousands of dollars in federal grant money for personal pleasures, including a massage.
April 15, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes
A former Compton fire battalion chief pleaded no contest Tuesday to setting a fire in an attempt to conceal stealing more than $300,000 in radio equipment he was reselling on the black market. Marcel Melanson, 38, is expected to be sentenced to three years and four months in state prison for one felony count each of arson and embezzlement. In exchange, prosecutors dropped the charge of arson of a structure and a second embezzlement count. Melanson must also return $100,000 in restitution up front, although a civil judgment to be presented at his sentencing will likely boost the final figure by hundreds of thousands of dollars.
July 24, 1995
Recently in the mail, I received my renewal membership materials form the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum. I began taking my now 11-year-old son to the museum when he was 4. We have been official members since 1989. For the last two years, I have held a patron-level membership. As a single mother on a tight budget, this is a major expenditure; however, considering the educational benefits my son and I have reaped from the museum, I have always seen it as a wise investment.
April 7, 2014 | By Brittany Levine
A former Glendale councilman who pleaded guilty to embezzlement, perjury and filing false tax returns related to the loss of at least $304,000 from a local farmers market was sentenced Monday to one year in jail. John Drayman shook his head as he was handcuffed in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom, where Superior Court Judge Stephen Marcus called him a "disgraced" ex-mayor who had shown no remorse. "In common parlance, you're a crook," the judge said. After pleading guilty to the felony charges last month, Drayman was ordered to pay about $305,000 in restitution for losses tied to the Montrose farmers market.
May 7, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A local bookkeeper on Tuesday pleaded no contest to two counts of forgery, one count of grand theft and four counts of filing false state income tax returns linked to embezzling from her Long Beach employer, state tax officials said. Linda Anne Braun, 48, of Lake Elsinore, also known as Linda Anne Lopez, embezzled more than $1 million from a Long Beach consulting business over four years starting in 1996, said Barry Gilbert of the California Franchise Tax Board.
August 12, 1993 | JEFF McDONALD
A longtime controller for a Thousand Oaks actuarial firm sentenced to prison for embezzling more than $111,000 was granted an appeal Wednesday on the restitution portion of his sentence. Nooshin Zahab, a 43-year-old Reseda man who for five years worked as the controller for Advanced Benefits Systems, must only pay a restitution fine of $10,000, rather than the $20,000 penalty imposed last year by Ventura County Superior Court Judge James M. McNally.
February 13, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
A woman who worked as a bookkeeper for thoroughbred trainer Charles Whittingham was sentenced to four years in state prison today for embezzling nearly $1.5 million from him. Sally Ann Stubblefield, 54, was also ordered by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Reginald Dunn to pay Whittingham $150,000 restitution. Stubblefield pleaded no contest in November to one count of grand theft and three counts of forgery.
September 6, 1989 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles police officer who was arrested for pocketing $270 taken from drug dealers has pleaded not guilty to a charge of embezzlement, authorities said today. Kendall Lee Walker, 30, a five-year veteran of the department, was arrested Aug. 10 after an internal sting operation showed he was taking small amounts of money from cash taken during drug arrests, Cmdr. William Booth said. Walker resigned from the department the day of his arrest.
January 26, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A man suspected in the disappearance and death of his ex-wife will stand trial on charges of embezzlement, tax evasion and perjury. Dave Hawk of Lemoore was arrested in June on suspicion of stealing more than $300,000 from his children's trust fund accounts and lying about his income during child custody, visitation and support proceedings. Hawk waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday. His attorney said he will plead not guilty next month to 10 felony charges. Hawk has been named the prime suspect in the death of Debbie Hawk, who was reported missing from her home in June 2006.
Sentencing was postponed Wednesday for Priscilla Butler of Laguna Niguel, charged with receiving stolen property from her mother, who embezzled more than $1 million and gave almost all of it to her daughter. Butler, 22, who pleaded guilty to the charges last month, made a brief appearance in the Foothill Law and Justice Center here and told San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Charles Havens it was all right to delay her sentencing. It is now scheduled for May 8.
March 12, 2014 | By Brittany Levine
Former Glendale City Councilman John Drayman is set to spend a year behind bars and pay roughly $305,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to three felonies related to embezzling from a local farmers market. He also agreed to pay about $14,000 in restitution to the California Franchise Tax Board. He is scheduled to return to Los Angeles County Superior Court on April 7 and will likely serve his sentence in County Jail. He will also be given five years' probation. In September, Judge Stephen Marcus rejected Drayman's proposition that included 300 hours of community service and restitution, but no time behind bars.
March 1, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
A business executive who stole nearly $400,000 from the rock band Pearl Jam was sentenced Friday in Washington state to 14 months in prison. Rickey Goodrich, former chief financial officer for Pearl Jam's management company, pleaded guilty in December to six counts of first-degree theft "for using company accounts to pay personal debts and fund lavish family vacations, spa treatments, life insurance and pricey California wines," according ...
February 13, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
The former executive director of a foundation set up to help needy students at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College was arrested Thursday on suspicion of embezzlement and public corruption. Jiah Rhea Chung, 43, was arrested by investigators with the Los Angeles County district attorney's office and is suspected of embezzling nearly $140,000 while she served as the foundation's director between 2009 and 2011, authorities said. The Times reported on issues surrounding Chung's pay and benefits in early 2012.
January 30, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Ruben Vives
A former top official for the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles on Wednesday pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and one count of money laundering. Channing Smack, 51, of Marina del Rey, was also ordered to pay about $370,000 that prosecutors say he embezzled from the youth organization known for its annual cookie sales. Girl Scout officials say about $250,000 of that amount has already been recovered. “We were outraged that a trusted member of our staff would violate the fundamental values we teach our girls every day,” said  Carol Dedrich, the organization's chief external relations officer.
December 23, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
An Orange County construction firm owner and his project administrator have been charged with defrauding employees after allegedly taking $330,000 in wages from two public works contracts, authorities said Monday. Mustafa Mohamed Bdaiwi, 41, who owns Malcon Civils Inc., is accused of submitting fraudulent and false payroll records in connection with projects for the the cities of Irvine and Hemet, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Antonio Naranjo Jr., 40, is also charged with embezzling funds from the two projects.
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