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Elementary School Ex-PTA Treasurer Suspected of Embezzling School Funds

The once-treasurer of the Herbert Hoover Elementary School’s Parent-Teacher Association has been accused of misappropriating money from the organization’s fund and is facing felony charges for the claims made against him.

As reported by a spokesperson for the Desert Sands Unified School District, $22,000 of the money raised by the Herbert PTA was observed as allegedly missing from their fund. The financial discrepancy was detected sometime during the summer months of last year.

34-year-old Danny Cervantes, the treasurer of the Herbert PTA during the 11-month period that the money came up missing, became the main suspect for the misappropriated cash. Cervantes is no longer the treasurer of the PTA but it is unknown whether that is related to the allegations against him.

On February 28, 2018, Riverside County District Attorney Michael A. Hestrin filed a complaint against Cervantes charging him with felony grand theft and purporting that he “did willfully and unlawfully steal and take and defraud money, labor, real and personal property of Hoover PTA.”

On March 6 the Riverside Superior Court approved a warrant for Cervantes’s arrest. He has not yet been incarcerated.

If you or someone you love is suspected of grand theft, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.

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