City Of Concord Employee Arrested On “Suspicion Of Misappropriation Of Public Funds” After Credit Card Audit

March 12, 2019 9:34 am · 51 comments

A City of Concord employee has been arrested on suspicion of embezzlement, according to Community Relations Manager Jennifer Ortega.

Ortega says the City of Concord’s Finance Department was conducting a recent audit of procurement credit cards and discovered irregularities on the card of a Public Works employee.

As soon as this was learned, Finance staff turned over the information to the Concord Police Department, according to Ortega.

On Wednesday, March 6, Concord Police arrested the employee on suspicion of misappropriation of public funds.

“While we can’t comment on this pending matter, we take our responsibility to the community very seriously and are committed to upholding the public’s trust,” said City Manager Valerie Barone.

The name of the employee and the amount of money they allegedly embezzled has not been released.

This is an ongoing personnel and criminal investigation. Anyone with information should contact Detective Nick Piermarini at (925) 603-5831.

whatever March 12, 2019 at 9:53 AM

Anyone with information about this unnamed person, or where they may have charged unknown amounts of money, please contact Detective Nick.

Pat March 12, 2019 at 9:55 AM

Is it also a crime to withhold the name of the employee from TAXPAYERS?

KM March 12, 2019 at 10:04 AM

A) The identity of the person is irrelevant and not our business.
B) Innocent till proven guilty.

Cowellian March 12, 2019 at 10:24 AM

@KM
A) Wrong!
B) Wrong!
Do you care to try again?

Bob Foo March 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM

If they told you the name of the person, what would you do with that information?

Shiloh March 12, 2019 at 11:09 AM

They’ll release it soon, I’m sure.

Sofa King March 12, 2019 at 12:23 PM

It’s an ongoing investigation, genius.

Just trying to help March 14, 2019 at 12:21 PM

How was Jamaica Soft King? On tax payers dollars? You and her had a good Time!! The family falling down at city 1 by 1 at least your living together now is the door open ??

Original G March 12, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Have to wonder what level of misappropriation is deemed to small to punish?
How often do cities audit power and hand tool purchases and are tools permanently marked as being owned by the city?
Or is pilferage considered a fringe benefit of being a public employee?
Are levels of tolerance fluid in other cities?
Do most cities have a zero tolerance policy?
Hmmm ?

Kirkwood March 12, 2019 at 12:03 PM

A couple of decades ago I bought an airplane ticket and accidentally pulled out my City credit card and used it instead of my identical looking personal card. Since it was out of line for what I normally bought, it was flagged and I received a call from Finance. I admitted my mistake and immediately wrote a check to cover the charge. End of incident. All users of City credit cards received monthly copies of expenditures for verification. I don’t know how things are handled now.

Frank March 12, 2019 at 5:10 PM

Pilferage is common to all industries. Private or public. In fact it is more common with private employers.

Mika March 12, 2019 at 10:34 AM

@ KM—what do you mean the name is none of our business? When my tax dollars are embezzled, we have a right to know who is accused of the crime. No different from any other criminal.

Anonymous March 12, 2019 at 10:47 AM

The name of an arrested person is public information. That’s the law. Why on earth would they ask for information and then hide the name of the arrested person? It’s entirely possible that releasing the name could spur additional information to come forward.

What is the City Managers agenda? To protect a criminal or to keep the tax payers informed about who is stealing from them?

The truth is coming March 12, 2019 at 10:59 AM

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Anon March 12, 2019 at 11:29 AM

How sad that they are able to get away with all of that on the Taxpayers dime.
All of my company’s vehicles have two sources of GPS, and Telogis driver safety system – drive out of your area and you’ll be receiving a phone call. Not to mention going above speed limit, excessive acceleration or hard braking.
And in case All of that isn’t enough, the vehicles have the “How Am I Driving” phone number stickers.

Shoulda Coulda March 12, 2019 at 11:38 AM

So you worked at the city 17 years and
witnessed a variety of criminal activity,
but you never spoke up or reported this
activity at the time you were there.
I’d say the truth is coming.
It’s coming VERY slowly from you.
What’s your hurry now?

Shiloh March 12, 2019 at 1:12 PM

@shoulda coulda: the original post said they reported these crimes multiple times

Shoulda Coulda March 12, 2019 at 10:19 PM

@ Shiloh

The original post mentioned nothing about
reporting the crimes. Hence my reply
asking why? The second post does say
they reported to the Public Works Director
with no results. They never contacted the police.

Gittyup March 15, 2019 at 9:23 PM

It isn’t as easy as you might think to report abuses by fellow employees. In the early 1980s, I once called the state Attorney General’s Hotline to anonymously report what I considered abuses of taxpayer money by a professor in the group. The person I spoke to there basically told me that jobs were hard to come by and I might want to keep it to myself. So, I did!

You were supposed to be able to call there and report rip offs by state employees and I saw many of them. But, with no place to report them where any action would be taken while still running the risk of retaliation, and a reporting hotline that would give out that kind of advise, why bother?

Ian March 12, 2019 at 11:02 AM

KM, if the detective is asking for anyone with information regarding the crime, the name and vendors he used for embezzlement are directly relevant. If they didn’t ask for information, then no, it might not be, but that is not the case.

RANDOM TASK March 12, 2019 at 11:10 AM

Too bad
Next time be a politician
With a foundation
Works every time

Kentucky Derby March 12, 2019 at 11:33 AM

They’ll eventually release the name. In the mean time, if you release the name immediately, there is always the chance the suspect will flee to avoid prosecution. You want he or she prosecuted, right?

As far is any information – contact the detective. Maybe an employee (who already knows who this person is) has information. Or a vendor.

Do city employees need these credit cards? You can’t charge anything on a card you don’t have access to.

Rollo Tomasi March 12, 2019 at 8:52 PM

“In the mean time, if you release the name immediately, there is always the chance the suspect will flee to avoid prosecution. You want he or she prosecuted, right?“

“On Wednesday, March 6, Concord Police arrested the employee on suspicion of misappropriation of public funds.”

GRX March 12, 2019 at 11:35 AM

Due process please…

Let the investigation takes its course for facts to be established based on substantial evidence.

Facts, not mere accusations or allegations, is what matters.

chuckie the troll March 12, 2019 at 11:53 AM

Son, leave misappropriation of funds to the professionals (politicians).

Shiloh March 12, 2019 at 1:14 PM

I think it was woman. I have my suspicions of who it is.

news March 12, 2019 at 3:43 PM

I heard it was for over a million dollars. This had to have been going on for quite some time. How did the city NOT notice this!

Anonymous March 12, 2019 at 12:29 PM

Kentucky – read the story. They already arrested the employee.

Kentucky Derby March 12, 2019 at 1:24 PM

Anonymous – I did read the story. Have you ever heard of BAIL? People bail out and flee ALL THE TIME.

The truth is coming March 12, 2019 at 12:44 PM

This goes deeper then just that employee. I worked there for 17 years and had witnessed a circle of family and close friends that have found ways to get over on the city any possible way they could figure out.
Many employees and myself had made complaints to public works director and he would shrug it of as being rumors
1.time card fraud
2. Stealing of city property and supplies
3. Privite use of the corp yards gas pumps
4. Working on side jobs on city time and using city equipment and supplies
5. Faking emergency call outs to earn overtime
And the list goes on

NativeConcordGirl March 12, 2019 at 1:36 PM

The facts needs to be verified first but is anyone really surprised by this? Not everyone in a trusted position is trustworthy. Given the right circumstances to the wrong person, they will take advantage. We’ve seen this time and time again. Imagine those who haven’t been caught.

martinezmike March 12, 2019 at 2:06 PM

The most infamous waste of public money ever committed by the City of Concord will be remembered as the “Spirit Poles” { and that was done legally}

chuckie the troll March 12, 2019 at 3:01 PM

Those were designed to be anti-paratrooper defense poles! Yeah, the City Council pulled a major boner that time.

THE BLACK KNIGHT March 12, 2019 at 8:26 PM

martinezmike,

A few weeks ago the Concord City Council was interviewing candidates for the Concord Planning Commission and each were asked to discuss one private development project or public development project that the city did right and one that the city did wrong. One of the candidates actually said the “Concord Spirit Poles” was a project that the City of Concord did right.

Silva March 13, 2019 at 12:12 PM

That’s pretty funny, THE BLACK KNIGHT. I wonder if that’s the one they’ll give the job to.

jon s March 15, 2019 at 6:42 PM

The spirit pole were very wrong,they were place in the center divider on Galindo between Cowell and Systron.Before that there were freeway center dividers there so nobody could cross over and crash into oncoming traffic on that curv.For some reason,Concord decided the freeway center dividers that were placed there for a very good reason now weren’t needed.The reason-In the 80’s,2 kids from my high school,one name Jack Martin,drag raced along that curvy stretch of Galindo,and Jacks tire blew out,he went over the center (island)divider with ease like it is again now,and fatally crashed head on into another vehicle,killing both of them..It was such a dangerous part of the road they put the freeway center dividers there to save lives.I guess nobody in Concord drives too fast or gets a flat tire while doing that,the city of Concord is dead sure that will never happen again in the same hazardous spot .There are no more dumb kids in fast cars drag racing in Concord,that would be illegal.City of Concord,research this,put those dividers back up,you removed them because the were as pretty as you liked.For years you have put drivers at risk for looks only.

Anonymous March 12, 2019 at 3:45 PM

Kentucky you really confuse me. You believe that releasing the name will cause her to bail out and flee?

She does know she was arrested , but you knew that.

Kentucky Derby March 12, 2019 at 6:22 PM

To be honest with you – no. I googled why names aren’t released, and fleeing was one of the reasons listed in more than one of the articles I read.

Bob March 12, 2019 at 8:35 PM

If ground is broken on the soccer stadium nobody voted for, I want the entire City Council indicted.

Pat March 12, 2019 at 9:29 PM

No f-king kidding.. Why doesn’t the council let voters decide? I live in Conquered but most of these people did not get my vote.

Cartman March 13, 2019 at 1:41 AM

BOIL HER!

ONCEACITYGIRL March 13, 2019 at 9:41 AM

Agreed!

ONCEACITYGIRL March 13, 2019 at 9:32 AM

I know who this is! And it is a SHE. She got exactly what she had coming to her and my hope is that she not only gets fined big time for pulling this AND fully prosecuted to the full extent of the law BUT that she would spend some time in prison reflecting on the choices and decisions that got her there in the first place. Revenge is a meal best served cold…

Pat March 13, 2019 at 2:40 PM

It would be nice to know how many taxpayer dollars we’re talking about?

Peaceloveandhappiness March 13, 2019 at 12:51 PM

Nobodys perfect. Theres a old saying.. If you dont have anything nice 2 say you shouldn’t say anything at all you sound very bitter and im going to pray for you god bless you.

Anon March 13, 2019 at 3:54 PM

Lol the Family & Friends have arrived.
Once you hit 6 or 7 figures in Extortion…..”Nobody’s Perfect” DOES NOT APPLY.

Pat March 13, 2019 at 2:44 PM

Who did she report to? Was her supervisor responsible for monitoring how much she was spending all along? Why the hell not?

Just trying to help March 14, 2019 at 2:08 AM

Like a house of cards falling down !!! And yes I will be going to detective Nick Sofa King!

ONCEACITYGIRL March 15, 2019 at 11:09 AM

Her name was finally released on the East Bay Times- Shannon Griffin. Some know her as Queen B down at the Corp yard. She had so much pull there – the world at her feet. Since it’s also public knowledge in her perfect job that everyone wanted she made over $80k/year. There is nothing that woman didn’t have. And yet, after being there 11 years this is how it ends. This is a woman who clearly thought she was INVINCIBLE but no. You reap what you sow and she was a bully who was petty for more reasons than one. The guys down there only had to pretend to like her because she had the means to hand out overtime to them. There is so much more to this than people know…

Curious March 15, 2019 at 4:28 PM

Preach girl!! Do tell!!

Also curious March 15, 2019 at 6:41 PM

ONCEACITYGIRL
Who are you? Why don’t you still work there?

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