Em­bez­zle­ment of Camp Fire aid sus­pected

Lodi News-Sentinel - - PAGE TWO - — Los An­ge­les Times

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.


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