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Former risk manager for Fullerton arrested on grand theft, other charges

A former risk manager for the city of Fullerton was arrested Thursday on suspicion of stealing about $35,000 in city funds by approving false claims against the city that had been submitted by alleged accomplices, the Fullerton Police Department said.

In addition to arresting Darryl Phillips, 45, police said they are looking for two people they believe were his partners in the scam: Tracy Williams of Los Angeles, Phillips' 35-year-old cousin; and Darnell Mackey, 25, also of Los Angeles, who police say is Williams’ former boyfriend.

The Orange County district attorney’s office has filed felony charges against the three that include embezzlement, falsification of public documents, grand theft and burglary.

Phillips was hired as Fullerton's risk manager in 2008. He came under suspicion when the city’s accountants questioned three claims he had approved without providing any supporting information, police said.

Police said Phillips was allowed to approve claims of up to $20,000, and he added Williams and Mackey to a claim for damages from accidents involving city-owned vehicles. But neither Williams nor Mackey had been involved in any such accidents, authorities said. Police contend the two accomplices shared the money with Phillips.

Phillips resigned from his position in August. He is being held on $50,000 bail.

-- Rick Rojas

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Curtis Walker and Sherilyn Richardson are comamagers of a group home in NYC called Bernard Fineson Residence. Every week, Ms. Richardson, who is responsible for the consumer's bank deposits, regularly siphons off some funds for herself and Mr. Walker, who by the way, happens to have a very serious substance abuse problem. Apple Bank is also to blame for tacidly permiting this or at least not looking into it. This game is played regularly within these group homes and residences. Too bad the politicians are too busy with their own misdeeds to do anything about it.


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