Tuesday, November 4, 2014

California Man Charged With Embezzlement & Misappropriation Of Public Funds To The Tune Of $570K

From the Orange County Register on 11/3/2014:

A county contractor accused of using the company credit card for upgrades on his Hawaiian vacation home was charged Monday with embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds, officials said.

Brian Cleveland Dunn, 61, of Capistrano Beach is accused of falsifying invoices for more than $130,000 submitted to the county for reimbursement and embezzling more than $440,000 by making unauthorized payments with his company’s credit card, according to a statement from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Dunn is charged with misappropriation of public funds and grand theft by embezzlement, with sentencing enhancements of aggravated white-collar crime, property damage and property loss. If convicted, he faces up to 11 years in prison.

Dunn, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, was released from custody in lieu of $200,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court again Nov. 20.

Reached by phone, Dunn declined to comment and referred questions to his attorney, Gary Pohlson. Pohlson couldn’t be reached for comment Monday.

Between 2008 and 2012, Dunn, a former manager for Vintage Marina Partners, a company that manages the commercial core in Dana Point Harbor, is accused of purchasing landscaping materials for county projects from his private business and then marking up the price of his purchase by 100 percent.

He is accused of overbilling the county for more than $130,000.

Between 2007 and 2011, Dunn allegedly used Vintage Marina Partners’ company credit card for more than $400,000 in personal expenses including purchases on clothing, travel and improvements to his home in Hawaii, officials said.

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