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Anaheim police union office worker charged with stealing $360,000

October 17, 2012 | 11:16 am

The office manager for the Anaheim police union was charged Wednesday with stealing more than $360,000 of the organization's funds by altering her paychecks after they were signed by her bosses. 

Cindy Ann Su’a, 46, of Whittier was charged with 117 counts of forgery, 23 counts of computer access fraud and two counts of willful failure to file tax returns in an alleged scheme in which she is also accused of using the Anaheim Police Assn.'s bank accounts to pay her personal bills online.

Her husband, John Su’a, 46, is charged with two counts of willful failure to file tax returns. With so many charges, Cindy Su'a could face up to 99 years in prison while her husband could get three years and eight months, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors say the embezzlement charges came about after the police 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.

As office manager for the association, she was responsible for all check writing, company credit cards and bookkeeping, earning $65,000 a year as its sole employee.

She is accused of embezzling more than $360,000 by changing the amount on her paychecks after they were signed by her bosses, prosecutors said. She used a typewriter correction feature to change her bimonthly payment amount from $2,489 to $5,489 or $6,489, according to prosecutors.

She is accused of fraudulently paying herself nearly $200,000 in a single year. In addition, Su’a and her husband are accused of failing to file tax returns for their personal income taxes.

Cindy Su’a is being held in lieu of $360,000 bail. Prosecutors are requiring that she prove any bail money comes from legal and legitimate sources, so she does not use allegedly ill-gotten gains to get out.

John Su’a is being held on $20,000 bail. Both are expected to be arraigned Thursday in Santa Ana.

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-- Richard Winton

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