One hundred and seventeen counts E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

According to reporting from the Los Angeles Times, the office manager for the Anaheim police union has been charged with stealing more than $360,000 of the organization's members' funds by altering her paychecks after they were signed by her bosses. Cindy Ann Su'a, 46, was charged with a whopping 117 counts of forgery, 23 counts of computer access fraud and two counts of willful failure to file tax returns.

The scheme also involved Su'a using the Anaheim Police Assn.'s bank accounts to pay her personal bills online according to the allegations.

Her husband, John Su'a, has been charged with two counts of willful failure to file tax returns. As a result of the sheer number of charges Cindy Su'a could face up to 99 years in prison.

The husband is only looking at three years and eight months maximum, prosecutors said. Prosecutors say the embezzlement charges came after the police association president noticed a discrepancy in Cindy Su'a's intended annual salary and actual income.

The association president learned about the discrepancy between Su'a's salary and what she took home after he got delinquency notices regarding her failure to file taxes from the Internal Revenue Service.

In her capacity as office manager, Su'a was responsible for all check writing, company credit cards and bookkeeping.

She was earning $65,000 a year as the association's only employee. One would think a crook would need to be pretty clever to steal close to half a million dollars from her employer.

But the scam was shockingly simple and easy. Su'a stole more than $360,000 by changing the amount on her paychecks after they were signed by her bosses by using a typewriter correction feature to change her bimonthly payment amount from $2,489 to $5,489 or $6,489, according to prosecutors.

She stands accused of fraudulently paying herself nearly $200,000 in a single year.

Cindy Su'a is being held in lieu of $360,000 bail. Prosecutors are requiring that she prove any bail money comes from legal and legitimate sources.

Otherwise she'd probably bail herself out with members' dues she had squirreled away somewhere.

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