A parent volunteer has been arrested for allegedly embezzling $16,000 from Beckman High School Cheer Booster Club.
After an investigation, Irvine Police detectives arrested Cecilia Zamora, 39, of Rancho Santa Margarita, this morning at her place of employment, the corporate office in Orange of a financial institution, according to Lt. Julia Engen, the department spokeswoman.
Zamora was the booster club treasurer between 2009 and 2011, but missing funds were not discovered until a new treasurer last year found collection notices for invoices Zamora had previously documented as paid, Engen said.
Police detectives believe Zamora wrote checks to herself but indicated they were written to pay bills for the club's coaching stipends and uniforms, according to Engen, who says among the evidence are $2,000 to $3,000 checks written to herself and totaling about $16,000. "Suspicious deposits" to personal accounts held by Zamora were also discovered, Engen added.
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Beckman High is part of the Tustin Unified School District, whose officials in the administrative offices and at the school site "have been working closely with the Irvine Police Department throughout this investigation," Engen says.
Her statement notes new booster club leadership held additional fundraisers during the past school year to help make up for the losses allegedly caused by Zamora, who is no longer associated with the club or the school.
Zamora was booked into the Orange County Jail and held in lieu of $25,000 bail.