On Friday, it was announced that the former deputy treasurer for the City of Compton had been sentenced to six and a half years in prison for embezzling more than $3.7 million in city funds over the course of six years. 47-year-old Salvador Galvan of La Mirada was sentenced to prison on one count of theft from an organization receiving federal funds. Galvan pleaded guilty to the charges in July of 2017.
At that time, the defendant admitted to stealing $3,721,924 from the city from May 2010 to December 2016. Galvan worked as the Deputy Treasurer in the Compton Treasurer’s Office for more than twenty years. He was responsible for tallying the cash received as payments for parking tickets, business licenses and other fees. After the cash was tallied, Galvan was responsible for preparing it to be deposited into a city bank account.
Court documents suggest that Galvan skimmed cash from the daily receipts on many occasions. In some cases, he took as much as $8,000 each day. The defendant has agreed to forfeit the remaining proceeds. He has also been ordered to pay restitution of $3,721,924 to the City of Compton. Galvan’s wife, Rosa Maria Galvan was sentenced on federal money laundering charges related to the scheme. She received three years of probation, 12 months of home detention, and 800 hours of community service.
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