SAN JOSE (CBS/AP) – Two men are accused of stealing $120,000 intended for student scholarships while working for a charitable organization tied to their jobs as San Jose police officers.

Officer Marco Ybarra was arrested Tuesday, along with former officer Manual Villagrana, on suspicion of grand theft.

Both were leaders in the Latino Peace Officers Association of Santa Clara County. Investigators believe Ybarra stole $40,000 from the organization’s coffers, and Villagrana stole $80,000.

Police said the theft was discovered after an audit showed money began disappearing shortly after Villagrana took over as president in 2005.

According to a police affidavit, both have denied the thefts.

KCBS’ Melissa Culross Reports:

Villagrana was recently fired by the department, but police declined to disclose the reason.

Police said they have not recovered the stolen funds.

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Comments (4)
  1. Justin Goble says:

    I am not suprised, its nothing new,its not the first cop to get caught stealing and its not last..

    1. JumpinJackFlash says:

      Agreed! Come in all favors. “Let’s roll to the next article.”

  2. Jambo says:

    To Protect and to Serve…..BULLschmitt

  3. Why would we says:

    Police have NOT recovered the stolen funds….check out Meheeeco……..

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