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2 Former San Mateo Community College Employees Arrested For Embezzlement

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SAN MATEO (CBS SF) – Two former employees of the San Mateo County Community College District have been arrested on suspicion of embezzling more than $100,000 in public money while they worked at the college, authorities said.

Bradley Witham and Mark Boustos were recently fired after being charged with numerous felony counts over a pattern of improper spending with a college district credit card, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

Witham was the former head of information technology for the district.

“One of the individuals was using a procurement card that belonged to the district, making transactions online, purchasing numerous electronic items, and then selling them on websites like eBay and Craigslist and making a profit,” said deputy district attorney Karen Guidotti.

After the unusual spending was discovered, investigators sought search warrants to review records from eBay and Craigslist to document what became of the suspect purchases. Guidotti said Boustos helped Witham cover up the alleged embezzlement.

Witham is being held on a $1 million bail. His attorney, Stuart Hanlon, said Witham was in Australia when his arrest warrant was issued and voluntarily returned to the U.S. to face charges.

Hanlon would not comment further on the case, saying he had yet to review the evidence against his client.

Bustos appeared in court previously and is scheduled to return to court on Nov. 2 at 9 a.m. to set a preliminary hearing date, prosecutors said. He has been released on bail.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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