A former engineer with the City of Santa Clarita pleaded not guilty to charges of embezzlement in San Fernando last month. David Rubira, 41, of Newhall, is accused of misdirecting more than $500,000 in city funds to fake companies he controlled.
Rubira managed the funds, which were collected from contractors pending completion of project work. Once the work has been completed, contractors can request deposit reimbursement. Rubira submitted reimbursement requests for amounts ranging from about $500 to $100,000. Following Rubira’s arrest, the City conducted an independent audit of its funds. The audit, which was conducted by KPMG, also included an analysis of the City’s internal accounting controls to determine additional measures the City can take to discourage embezzlement and fraud.
The City of Santa Clarita has a $1M fraud insurance policy, which may reimburse the city for its losses, which were sustained between 2012 and 2015. The fraud was discovered following receipt of an anonymous tip. Although the tip was not specific, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department launched an investigation.
If convicted on all charges, Rubira faces more than 13 years in state prison.
Embezzlement and other work related crimes can have long-lasting effects. If you’re convicted, you may have a difficult time finding gainful employment after you’ve served your sentence. Most embezzlement sentences involve significant restitution, which will cast a cloud over your financial security for the rest of your life. That’s why you need an experienced embezzlement attorney like Robert Helfend on your side.
Most financial fraud victims simply want to be made whole. While the government has a sincere desire to discourage financial fraud in all of its forms, they also have an interest in making sure the defendant can participate fully in restitution. Mr. Helfend has defended thousands of Southern Californians in his more than 30 years of practice. He takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. He will fight aggressively for your freedom, and to bring about the best possible resolution to your case.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County embezzlement case.
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