Police arrested a Long Beach woman for the embezzlement and conversion of nearly $175,000 in funds belonging to the Fullerton Rangers Youth Soccer club. Laura Zellerbach, who served as the club’s treasurer, pleaded guilty to one count each of embezzlement, money laundering, falsifying records and computer fraud. Zellerbach was sentenced to one year in jail and restitution of $227,000.
Embezzlement involved loans to husband’s company
Police began investigating the embezzlement in May 2015, when they received a tip that Zellerbach had misappropriated more than $30,000 in club funds. She resigned when board members began to ask questions about Zellerbach’s handling of the club’s accounts. According to police, she transferred club funds to her personal account, made unauthorized ATM withdrawals and debit transactions from the club’s accounts.
She used the club funds to make loans to Zellcorp, a business owned by her and her husband. Her husband said he had no knowledge of the transfers and has not been arrested or charged in connection with the incident. She also used approximately $20,000 of club funds to help pay for a European vacation for her family.
Embezzlement convictions can have serious, long-lasting consequences. In addition to facing jail time, you could be forced to make expensive restitution, and face asset seizures that could have an impact on your family. You could also find it difficult, if not impossible, to find gainful employment following your release. Employers don’t want to take chances on employees who have a documented history of dishonesty in their pasts.
If you’ve been arrested for embezzlement, fraud or theft, you need the assistance of a competent criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend specializes exclusively in criminal defense and takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. He practices in both state and federal courts in all circuits.
Even when you’re facing criminal prosecution, you still have rights under the Constitution. Hiring an experienced, aggressive and skillful criminal defense attorney is the best defense strategy you can use. Going to court with an inexperienced attorney is almost like going to court with no attorney at all. When you’re facing serious charges, you need an experienced defender who can help you make sense of the legal process, and who can help you develop the criminal defense strategies that are most likely to succeed.
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