Embezzlement of Camp Fire aid suspected
LOS ANGELES — A woman suspected of embezzling more than $63,000 in insurance money from a 75year-old Californian whose home burned in last year's deadly Camp fire was arrested this week, authorities said.
Butte County sheriff's officials say Brenda Rose Asbury, 29, turned herself in to deputies on Tuesday in Oroville. The Camp Fire, which swept through Butte County one year ago, killed 85 people and destroyed 14,000 homes.
Detectives began investigating the case on July 30 and two months later secured an arrest warrant for Asbury, who was living in Tulsa, Okla., officials said. The alleged victim of the scheme was not identified.
Investigators tried to find Asbury with the help of police in Oklahoma, but were unsuccessful. However, on Tuesday, she showed up at the Butte County Sheriff's Office on the advice of her attorney and was taken into custody on suspicion of elder abuse, embezzlement and grand theft. She has not been charged but is expected to appear in court Thursday, records show.
It is not clear how detectives linked Asbury to the alleged embezzlement or whether she had any relationship with the homeowner.