Friday, March 26, 2010

California Couple Indicted In $1/2 Million Embezzlement Case

Benjamin Joseph Chaney, believed to be in his early 30s, and Kara Leigh Brown, believed to be in her early 40s, of Discovery Bay, California, were indicted Wednesday on 7 counts of theft and embezzlement with “Aggravated White Collar Crime” enhancements alleging they stole more than $500,000 from an unnamed business based in Davis. The indictment alleges that Chaney had served as CFO of the company and, over a four year period between 2003 and 2007, used his position to write checks and use the company credit card for "a multitude of personal expenses related to the couple’s home, vehicles and entertainment." The indictment is the culmination of 2 years of investigation and litigation in Yolo County, California. The couple were arrested last weekend.

Read the story here .

Read the DA's announcement here.

Note: We have identified a Benjamin Chaney who has been employed by a manufactured/mobile home real estate concern called East Bay Repos ( However, we are not certain that this is one and the same Benjamin Chaney who was indicted in this case.

Update (1/16/13): Brown, now 43, pleaded guilty to Accessory to a Felony.  Chaney, 32, pleaded guilty to embezzling as much as $500,000 from Harper Model Home Maintenance, for which he had been employed as chief financial officer.


Anonymous said...

That sure looks like him!

Anonymous said...

yup that's him. sad situation. I don't know how old the wife is but I doubt she is 30.