A former hospital administrator in Santa Barbara County was charged with embezzlement after she allegedly misappropriated more than $200,000 from the Medical Staff Association at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara.
Prosecutors say that Pamela Cochran-Escalante is a former medical staff services supervisor who forged signatures and altered the association’s general ledger entries to disguise the theft. Cochrane-Escalante pleaded not-guilty to the charges in court in October.
She was released on her own recognizance pending trial, but the Court ordered her not to incur debt while awaiting trial. The embezzlement was discovered when Cochrane-Escalante unexpectedly retired immediately prior to an IRS audit of the organization’s books.
Ventura Embezzlement Attorney
Embezzlement can occur anywhere and anytime. Financial crimes –especially those that involve large dollar figures – grab headlines easily, but they’re rare. Most often, they’re the product of lax financial procedures. Sometimes these lax procedures can make these situations seem worse than they are.
If you’ve been accused of a financial or workplace crime like embezzlement, it’s essential that you contact an experienced embezzlement attorney like Robert Helfend immediately. Mr. Helfend has practiced law in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years. He has established a reputation for aggressive criminal defense, and he will be with you at every step of the judicial process against you.
He handles each client’s case personally, so your case will not be handed over to a less experienced criminal defense attorney. You will have the benefit of Mr. Helfend’s extensive criminal defense experience at each stage of the process. He will work aggressively to get the charges against you reduced or dropped, and will work toward productive resolutions that allow you to minimize or eliminate jail time.
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.
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