California Probation Officers Union President Charged with $600K+ Theft

Manuel Torres used to supervise probation officers for a living. He may need a probation officer in the near future. On July 29, Torres, former president of the Santa Barbara County Probation Peace Officers Association, was arrested, and a couple of days later charged, with embezzling over $600,000 from the union over the course of more than a decade. The election of a new president last year triggered an audit of “a potential large-scale embezzlement of funds,” which quickly led to Torres’ retirement and a California district attorney probe. At his August 3 arraignment in Santa Barbara County Superior Court, Torres pleaded not guilty to all 15 charges, which included embezzlement, forgery and misappropriation of public funds. He also is facing tax-related charges. Bail has been set at $500,000.

Manuel Edward Torres and his replacement, David Silva, have some bad blood between them. Torres, now 63, headed the Santa … Read More ➡