A Santa Paula woman was charged with embezzlement, following a two-year investigation. Tammy Jean Ferguson, 55, served as the bookkeeper for the Blanchard Community Library. Investigators allege that Ferguson may have taken more than $750,000 in the decade-long embezzlement scheme.
Embezzlement claim arises from Board of Directors
Ferguson was fired in May 2013 after an internal investigation concluded that Ferguson used a library-issued credit card for personal purchases, withdrew cash from an ATM using a library-issued debit card. Ferguson is also accused of falsifying financial reports to disguise the embezzlement.
The embezzlement investigation was spurred after a member of the library’s Board of Directors visited a local bank to enquire about the status of Certificates of Deposit, which Ferguson said she had purchased for the library, and reported on to the Board. The bank informed the directory that the library did not own any CDs purchased through the bank. Ferguson was hired by the library in 2003 and served as its only financial officer from the time she was hired until her termination in 2013.
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Mr. Helfend has provided expert felony defense in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years, and takes criminal defense cases exclusively. He will work aggressively to get the embezzlement charges against you dropped or reduced.
Bookkeepers, accountants and other financial officers have special legal responsibilities to their employers. The law treats people in these professions – especially those in a position of public trust – very harshly when financial crimes like embezzlement are discovered. Mr. Helfend can assemble the forensic financial experts you’ll need to testify on your behalf.
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