• Ex-Federal Official from Palm Desert Admits Taking Money Illegally

    A former Department of Defense project services manager from Palm Desert admitted taking money from contractors in connection with federal work overseas and is now facing up to 10 years in prison, authorities said Tuesday. Nizar Farhat, 63, pleaded guilty Monday to one count each of receiving an illegal gratuity and being a public official […]

  • Michael Avenatti is out of solitary confinement, his lawyer says

    (CNN) — Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti, who was convicted of attempting to extort millions of dollars from Nike, is out of solitary confinement, his lawyer said Tuesday. Tom Warren said his client was moved out of the special housing unit at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on Thursday and into the general population where he is housed […]

  • Desert Hot Springs High School Employee Receives Probation for Embezzlement

    A Desert Hot Springs High School clerk who stole nearly $350,000 from the school over the course of 16 years pleaded guilty to an embezzlement charge and will be on probation for the next five years. Deneen Kuhlman’s probation terms include wearing an ankle bracelet for 180 days and fully paying back the missing funds. […]

  • Nuns Allegedly Stole Money From Catholic School in Redondo Beach

    An internal investigation at a Catholic school in Redondo Beach revealed that two nuns allegedly stole money belonging to school funds for several years. Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper served for 29 years as the principal of St. James Catholic School, while Sister Lana Chang worked at the school for about 20 years as an eighth […]

  • Indio Man Receives Probation for Staged Palm Desert Robbery

    A man who orchestrated a break-in at the Palm Desert coin dealer business where he worked, then claimed that two men tied him up and stole merchandise, was sentenced Friday to three years probation. Martin Anthony Sarver, 49, of Indio, was convicted in July of felony embezzlement and a misdemeanor count of lying to police […]

  • Police Investigating Potential Embezzlement at Desert Hot Springs High School

    Desert Hot Springs, CA Police today were investigating reports of possible embezzlement occurring at Desert Hot Springs High School, the Palm Springs Unified School District confirmed. School district officials said police were looking into suspicions of embezzlement from a school fund. Details, including who or how many people are suspected to be involved, were not […]

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