Case # 16NF2815
Date: October 27, 2016
FORMER SWIM TEAM BOOKKEEPER ARRAIGNED ON BURGLARY AND FRAUD CHARGES FOR SPENDING OVER $260,000 ON PERSONAL PURCHASES WITH COMPANY CREDIT CARD
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A former swim team bookkeeper was arraigned on burglary and fraud charges today for spending over $260,000 on personal purchases with the team’s company credit card. Tracy Lynn Noseworthy, 46, Yorba Linda, is charged with 13 felony counts of second degree commercial burglary, 11 felony counts of computer access and fraud, four felony counts of falsifying records, and one felony count of embezzlement by a fiduciary, with sentencing enhancements for property loss over $200,000, and aggravated white collar crime over $100,000. The defendant is being held on $250,000 bail and must prove that the money comes from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond. Noseworthy faces a maximum sentence of 23 years and 8 months in state prison and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on Nov. 4, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. in Department N-3, North Justice Center, Fullerton.
At the time of the crime, Noseworthy was employed as the sole bookkeeper of the non-profit organization Fullerton Aquatics Sports Team (F.A.S.T.) in Fullerton. She was entrusted with handling all of the organization’s financial matters, including the American Express business account.
Between October 2011 and November 2015, Noseworthy is accused of using F.A.S.T.’s account for over 900 personal transactions in excess of $242,982. The defendant is accused of routinely falsifying the organization’s financial records to conceal the embezzlement. Noseworthy is also accused of failing to pay the full card balance each month, resulting in $23,976 in accrued interest.
In November 2015, other F.A.S.T. employees noticed suspicious charges to the company credit card and reported the embezzlement to the Fullerton Police Department (FPD), who investigated this case. FPD arrested the defendant yesterday, Oct. 27, 2016.
Deputy District Attorney Chuck Lawhorn of the Major Fraud Unit is prosecuting this case.