Herlong Utilities GM charged with embezzlement at former job
Williams, who lives in Janesville, took over the head job the the Herlong utility in March replacing former GM Joe Williams, no relation.
Deputies from the Twin Peaks Sheriff's Station investigated allegations that while Williams was the general manager of the Valley of Enchantment Mutual Water Company, he embezzled money from the company.
The water company located in Valley of Enchantment, claimed Pat Williams, whose full name is Charles Patrick Williams, misappropriated more than $80,000. During the investigation, it was determined that more than $138,000 had been embezzled from the water company.
The San Bernardino County Attorney's Office received the case for review. On July 27, a $200,000 warrant was issued for Williams' arrest.
During an Aug. 28 phone conversation with this newspaper, Williams said on the advice of his attorney he would not comment on the case. He did say the arrest stemmed from a problem with his former employer and had nothing to do with his current position and the utility’s Board of Directors were aware of his personal problems.
Williams was charged with violation of California Penal Code section 487, grand theft. The infraction date cited was June 1, 1999, according to San Bernardino County Court records.
Although the alleged crime occurred more than eight years ago, according to California law, the statute of limitations does not apply. For crimes of embezzlement, Penal Code 803(c) states that the statue of limitations begins at the time of discovery. The San Bernardino Sheriff's Department was notified of the theft on May 17.
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