Brett Richards, former director of Ross Valley Sanitary Dist., wanted for embezzlement
KTVU.com and wires
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. —
A former Ross Valley Sanitary District general manager pleaded not guilty to embezzlement and money laundering charges Friday morning in Marin County Superior Court.
Brett Richards, 45, is charged with misappropriating a $350,000 loan he received in December 2010 from the sanitary district that was supposed to be used to find housing in the Bay Area.
The nine-count felony complaint filed by the Marin County District Attorney's Office on March 5 alleges Richards used the money for living expenses, a new truck, to pay bills and student loans, for vacations and that he withdrew some of the money in cash.
Richards, whose annual salary was $197,000, left the Bay Area after he resigned on July 25, 2012, according to the criminal complaint.
A $1 million warrant was issued for his arrest and Richards was arrested in the Philippines on July 11. He was returned to Marin County and booked into county jail last Saturday.
A preliminary hearing date might be set in the case on Aug. 30.
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