A Moorpark woman faces embezzlement charges following the theft of money from a local school. The woman served as the treasurer of the Flory Academy of Sciences and Technology (FAST) Boosters. She also has a prior criminal history, which includes convictions for identity theft, commercial burglary and forgery.
According to investigators, the woman stole an undisclosed amount of money from the group. The group’s Facebook page says the group strives to raise $90,000 annually for the school. A spokesperson also said that when it discovered the fraudulent activity, the group immediately contacted the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. The school is part of the Moorpark Unified School District. The district has asked community members to participate in the school’s final two fundraisers for the year. It also indicated that the district would look at providing additional financial oversight to booster groups to deter future thefts.
Currently, the suspect faces six felony counts of grand theft, and also one special allegation of excessive loss exceeding $100,000. She has pleaded not guilty to all charges and also denied the special allegation. The woman will return to court on April 26 for matters related to her case.
Moorpark Embezzlement Lawyer
When you face charges of grand theft related to employment or volunteerism, hire an experienced embezzlement lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes embezzlement cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.
Embezzlement can have a devastating effect on businesses and organizations. In many cases, the victims’ first concerns involve restitution. Experienced defense lawyers know that the key to a successful restitution does not involve lengthy incarceration. In fact, a short jail term or no jail at all gives the victims the best chance at being made whole.
Mr. Helfend will work aggressively to create the best possible outcome for your case. Sometimes, that includes getting the charges against you reduced or dropped. It also may mean securing a resolution that meets the needs of all parties and satisfies judicial interests.
Don’t assume that an arrest is the same thing as a conviction, and don’t assume that you have no options. Instead, hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you navigate the judicial process.
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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