FORMER FULLERTON RISK MANAGER TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR EMBEZZELING OVER $35,000 FROM THE CITY BY ISSUING FRAUDULENT GOVERNMENT CLAIM CHECKS

Orange County District Attorney
Press Release


Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For Immediate Release
Case # 10CF2993
 


 


November 4, 2009

Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718

Farrah Emami
Spokesperson
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486

FORMER FULLERTON RISK MANAGER

TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR EMBEZZELING OVER $35,000 FROM THE CITY BY ISSUING FRAUDULENT

GOVERNMENT CLAIM CHECKS

*A former Los Angeles City Management Analyst and her boyfriend are also charged in this case

 

SANTA ANA – A former Fullerton City Risk Manager will be arraigned for stealing over $35,000 of public funds by knowingly signing-off on fraudulent personal injury and property damage claims for personal use. Darryl Raymond Phillips, 45, Fullerton, is charged with three felony counts each of misappropriation of public funds by a public officer, grand theft- embezzlement, presenting a false claim, and one felony count of forgery. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of eight years and eight months in state prison. Phillips is out of custody on $50,000 bail. The People will be requesting the defendant’s bail be increased to $100,000 at his arraignment Dec. 23, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa.

 

Co-defendant Tracey Renee Williams, 35, Torrance, a former Los Angeles City Management Analyst, is charged with three felony counts each of misappropriation of public funds by a public officer, grand theft, presenting a false claim, and two felony counts of second degree commercial burglary. She faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison if convicted on all charges. The People will be requesting she be held on $100,000 bail.

 

Co-defendant Darnell A. Mackey, 25, Inglewood, Williams’ boyfriend, is charged with one felony count each of grand theft and second degree commercial burglary. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of three years and four months in state prison. The People will be requesting Mackey be held on $50,000 bail.

 

Williams and Mackey must prove their bail money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond. They are scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, Nov. 5, 2010, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

 

From April 2008 to August 2010, Phillips was employed as the Risk Manager for the City of Fullerton and was responsible to review and deny or admit fault for claims made against the City. He is accused of assigning himself the additional responsibility of authoring the monthly report of City liability claims activity, which is prepared for the City Manager and other department heads to monitor claims.

 

On April 12, 2010, Phillips is accused of e-mailing a City property damage release form to his cousin, Williams, who was on medical disability from the City of Los Angeles. That same day, Williams is accused of fraudulently claiming $7,750 in property damage by lying that she had been a victim of a car accident in Fullerton on June 18, 2009, caused by a City employee. Williams is not named in any police records or reports from the June 18, 2009, accident.