A former Santa Paula High School Band Booster Club treasurer was convicted of grand theft by embezzlement for allegedly embezzling between $15,000 and $22,000 from the organization.
Michael Suniga, who was a graduate of Santa Paula High School, remained active in the band’s booster club, and served as the organization’s treasurer. Other booster club members became concerned that the club’s funds were being stolen. A forensic audit of the club’s finances in 2014 showed that a significant amount of money was missing.
The band had intended to use the funds to defray travel costs related to an international competition. They were able to raise the funds through additional emergency fundraising. Suniga pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement and was sentenced to 330 days in jail and agreed to pay back at least $17,000 to the organization.
Experienced Ventura County embezzlement attorney
If you’ve been arrested for embezzlement, fraud, grand theft or other work related crimes, you could face a lengthy prison sentence in addition to making restitution. Following your release, finding gainful employment will be a near-impossibility. There is no question that you need the assistance of an experienced, skilled criminal defense attorney like Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend.
Mr. Helfend has provided expert felony defense in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years. He specialized exclusively in criminal defense cases and he handles each case personally. He will work aggressively to get the charges against you dropped or reduced. When that’s not a possibility, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case.
Don’t rely on an inexperienced embezzlement attorney to defend your rights and freedoms. Choose an attorney with the skill to defend you effectively in court.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County embezzlement case.
Photo Credit: Aron Kremer, via FreeImages.com