An 80-year-old volunteer for the Ventura Police Community Foundation faces embezzlement charges. The man, who worked as a volunteer treasurer, allegedly stole nearly $120,000 from the foundation beginning in 2014.
The man allegedly made personal purchases and ATM withdrawals from the foundation’s account. The suspect also worked as a civilian employee in the department. His regular employment did not include his work on the foundation board.
The Ventura Police Community Foundation typically uses its resources to fund community events and youth programs. Police discovered the theft in August and then turned the matter over to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office. They also fired the man from his civilian job and removed him as the group’s treasurer.
Prosecutors charged him with four counts of grand theft by embezzlement. If convicted, he could face as much as five years in jail. The court released him on a $20,000 bond. He will appear next in court on December 18 for matters related to his case.
Ventura Embezzlement Lawyer
When you face charges of stealing money from an employer, hire an experienced embezzlement lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He has defended thousands of Southern Californians and takes cases in Ventura County. He also takes cases throughout Southern California.
Embezzlement victims want restitution, first and foremost. Their first concern, believe it or not, is their financial well-being. Often, theft isn’t detected right away, which gives victims little time to react to their changed financial position. An experienced attorney can work with prosecutors and judges to help ensure that victims receive restitution. At the same time, limiting jail time for the offender can create the best opportunity for returning stolen resources.
When you face embezzlement charges, your best defense is an experienced, aggressive attorney who works hard for you. Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on the charges against them. Instead, he works to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients under the circumstances.
Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume that you have no options following an arrest. 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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