|For Immediate Release
Case # 12NF3312
October 17, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
POLICE ASSOCIATION OFFICER MANAGER CHARGED WITH EMBEZZLING OVER $360,000 USING ALTERED PAY CHECKS
SANTA ANA – An office manager for the Anaheim Police Association has been charged with embezzling over $360,000 from her employer by changing the amount on her paycheck after it had been signed by her bosses. Cindy Ann Su’a, 46, Whittier, is 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. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 99 years in state prison. Cindy Su’a is being held on $360,000 bail and must prove the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond.
Cindy Su’a’s husband John Su’a, 46, Whittier, is charged with two felony counts of willful failure to file tax returns. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of three years and eight months in state prison. John Su’a is being held on $20,000 bail.
Both defendants are expected to be arraigned Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.
At the time of the crime, Cindy Su’a was the office manager for the Anaheim Police Association and was responsible for all check writing, company credit cards, and bookkeeping. She was the only paid employee with an approximate salary of $65,000 annually.
Between August 2007 and March 2012, Cindy Su’a is accused of embezzling over $360,000 by changing the amount on her paycheck after it had been signed by her bosses. She is accused of using a typewriter correction feature to change her bi-monthly payment amount from $2,489 to $5,489 or $6,489. The defendant is accused of fraudulently paying herself nearly $200,000 one year. Cindy Su’a is also accused of using the association’s online banking to pay her own bills.
For the 2009 and 2010 tax years, Cindy Su’a and her husband John Su’a are accused of failing to file tax returns for their personal income taxes.
This case was discovered when the association President noticed a discrepancy in Cindy Su’a’s intended annual salary and actual income after receiving delinquency notices regarding her failure to file taxes from the Internal Revenue Service.
This case was investigated by the Anaheim Police Department and Franchise Tax Board.