FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: October 8, 2014
Booking Photos from left to right: Jose Romero, Kathy Duarte, Marcus Johnson and Mercedes Agudo
Four ex-Patton State Hospital employees arrested on fraud charges totaling more than $800,000
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Four former Patton State Hospital employees were arrested Tuesday in connection with a payroll scheme that cost taxpayers more than $800,000 dollars.
All four employees were allegedly paid for hours they did not work. The former employees include Personnel Services Specialist (Payroll Clerk) Jose Romero, 68, of Fontana, and Psychiatric Technicians Mercedes Agudo, 68, of San Bernardino, Kathy Duarte, 37, of San Jacinto, and 46-year-old Marcus Johnson of Beaumont.
Agudo, Duarte and Romero were arrested by District Attorney Investigators and Patton State Hospital Officers without incident and transported to the San Bernardino County West Valley Detention Center (WVDC) in Rancho Cucamonga. Johnson surrendered himself to WVDC.
All four were charged Monday with Theft of Public Funds, Embezzlement and Grand Theft. Click here to download a copy of the complaint. Deputy District Attorney Dinah Touny of the Consumer and Environmental Protection Unit will prosecute this case.
This case was investigated by the Patton State Hospital Police.
All four defendants were arraigned this morning at the San Bernardino Justice Center via video. A Pre-Preliminary Conference is scheduled October 17, 2014 in Dept. 12. This is an ongoing investigation and no further details will be released at this time.