BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Kern County District Attorney's Office filed a felony complaint against Amy Christine Powers with the Kern County Superior Court, according to District Attorney Lisa Green.
The complaint alleges three felony counts of grand theft stemming from the theft of funds from the Bakersfield Police Benefit Association, Green said.
Amy Powers served as the Treasurer of the BPBA for many years and is charged with embezzling about $45,000 from the association between January 2008 and early 2013. According to Greg Pulskamp, the Deputy District Attourney, "all thefts took place during the course of her work as the treasurer."
The missing funds were discovered during a change of secretaries of the organization.
The BPBA is an employee-based nonprofit entity that operates independently from any government agency, including the City of Bakersfield.
During that time period, Powers also worked for the Bakersfield Police Department, most recently as a Senior Police Records Clerk.
The case originally was investigated by Bakersfield Police Department but then was handed off to the Kern County District Attorney's Bureau of Investigation.
"They looked into it, just to see what was going on, and when they found out that there were not good explanations or it appeared to be theft, then they handed the matter to our office where it was investigated to it's completion," said Pulskamp, who will be prosecuting the case.
Powers has been living out of town, but her lawyer said she is turning herself in Wednesday, at which time she will post her $30,000 bail.