Pleasanton Weekly

News - July 15, 2011

City employee arrested for embezzlement

Recreation specialist charged

by Glenn Wohltmann

One of the people responsible for collecting fees from youth and adult sports activities has been charged with a felony count of embezzlement.

Martin Bell, 51, of Pleasanton, a community services recreation specialist, is accused of taking $3,100 in cash, according to a police report. Bell, who oversaw programs that included softball and basketball, collected and processed fees from leagues and tournaments and field rentals, the report said.

The embezzlement came to light when his supervisor noticed discrepancies in bookkeeping and documentation, according to the report, which said the $3,100 in missing fees was discovered after an audit.

Bell is no longer employed by the city.

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