Lamont Public Utility District employee charged with embezzlement

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - An employee at the Lamont Public Utility District was charged Monday with embezzlement and grand theft, after hundreds of thousands of dollars allegedly went missing from the district, court records showed.

Tracie White, an office manager at the district, was charged Monday with two counts of felony embezzlement and one charge of felony grand theft.  

The Kern County District Attorney's office is holding a news conference at 3 p.m. Tuesday. 

In January, a warrant showed three employees at the Lamont Public Utility District were investigated, because more than $228,000 dollars were unaccounted for between 2010 and 2013.

Other employees included former LPUD board member Daniel Portillo, who according to the Da's office, has not been charged.

Court documents said as current board member Miguel Sanchez stood at White's desk one day in 2015, he noticed a bank statement from quote "Alta" Credit Union. 

Sanchez thought it was strange that both White's and Portillo's names were on the statement, documents said.


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