Criminal Defense | Drunk Driving | Military Law
Friday, November 20, 2009
Polston took $6,323 in unauthorized car allowance and paid $75,000 to his wife for a fictitious job that he created. Now, as punishment for his crime, he has to repay $137,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tustin plus ten percent interest using proceeds from a life insurance policy purchased for him by the Club. Former mayor Tracy Worley Hagen said she feels "terrible" because she thought "he was doing a great job for the community", but she is "happy he's going to try to make it right with the Boys & Girls Club."
Grand theft, what Polston pled guilty to, differs from petty theft in that the value of the property stolen exceeds $400. Here, Polston stole well above that amount and received an enhanced sentence because of it. Typically, felony grand theft, defined by Penal Code Section 487, carries a maximum sentence of three years State Prison. However, in Polston's case, he was looking at a maximum of four years State Prison.
Criminal Law Updates by the Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo (714) 547-4636