They say a couple that strays together, stays together.
Cindy Ann and John Su'a, both 46 of Whitter, face arraignment Thursday at the Santa Ana Jail: she for allegedly embezzling $360,000 as the Anaheim Police Association office manager, and he for supposedly--and willfully--failing to file tax returns for two years.
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Based on the maximum sentences each faces with convictions, as detailed in an Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) statement, the husband could be out from behind bars and waiting an awful long time for his wife. He's looking at up to three years and eight months in state prison if found guilty. She could get slapped with 99 years in the joint.
As if the Anaheim Police Department is not dealing with enough these days--riots, brutality and wrongful death allegations, teen gang bangers stabbing and shooting one another near nightly--now the cops union has this shit on its plate: Cindy Su'a, their office manager and only paid employee--earning $65,000 a year to keep the books, write all checks and maintain credit card accounts--allegedly embezzled more than $360,000 between August 2007 and this past March.
According to an OCDA statement, she is accused of pulling the con with a typewriter correction feature to change the amount of her paychecks after they had been signed by her bosses. Yes, that's right, the Old Typewriter Correction Feature Trick. She changed her $2,489 bimonthly checks to $5,489 or $6,489, according to prosecutors, who allege she paid herself nearly $200,000 one year.
Su'a is also accused of using the association's online banking to pay her own bills. One thing she and her husband did not do for 2009 and 2010 tax years was file their personal tax returns, the OCDA further alleges.
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The couple was done in after the union president received delinquency notices from the Internal Revenue Service regarding the employee's failure to file taxes. Something that stood out on these alerts was Cindy Su'a's intended annual salary and actual income. The Anaheim Police Department and Franchise Tax Board investigated her and busted the couple.
She is now charged with 117 felony counts of forgery, 23 felony counts of computer access fraud, and two felony counts of willful failure to file tax returns with sentencing enhancements for over $100,000 loss, aggravated white collar crime over $100,000, and property loss over $200,000. Held in lieu of $360,000 bail, she must prove the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond.
John Su'a's bail is $20,000 as he fights two felony counts of willful failure to file tax returns.