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Former Anaheim police cadet charged with stealing $225,000 from city

May 20, 2010 | 12:58 pm

The Orange County district attorney's office charged a former police cadet Thursday with stealing more than $225,000 in cash paid to the city of Anaheim for the release of impounded vehicles.

Kainat Syeda, 23, of Buena Park, was charged with one felony count of the misappropriation of public funds, four felony counts of falsifying and altering records maintained at a public office and 40 felony counts of the falsification and concealment of public accounts, according to the district attorney's office.

Syeda, a former police cadet, faces sentencing enhancements and allegations for theft exceeding $100,000 and property loss over $200,000, prosecutors said. If convicted on all counts, she faces a maximum sentence of up to 46 years in state prison.

Syeda took money from the city of Anaheim from January 2006 to April 2009 while working in uniform as a cadet in the front lobby traffic bureau window of the Anaheim Police Department, prosecutors said.

When people paid cash for the release of their impounded vehicles, Syeda allegedly would enter a "No Sale" in the cash register and take the payment instead, prosecutors said.

They claim she concealed the theft by cutting off the "No Sale" validation imprint from the release authorization forms. Prosecutors said she committed the act about 1,799 times, resulting in a loss of $225,000 for the city of Anaheim.

Syeda was taken into custody Wednesday by Anaheim police and was being held on a $225,000 bail.

-- Ruben Vives