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Ex-charity head jailed for embezzlement
May 17, 2014, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Ruperto Reyes

The former president of a Daly City charity was sentenced to eight months in jail for taking approximately $68,000 from the organization and gambling it away on horse races.

Ruperto Reyes, 75, must also repay more than $66,000 and spend five years on probation for the one count of felony embezzlement. He surrenders to the jail June 28 and has credit of two days against the term.

Reyes spent 12 years from August 2000 to June 2012 heading the nonprofit Luzon Visayas Mindanao Association, a Filipino-American organization intended to provide aid to local community members, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

The group raised around $73,000 over the years but only distributed around $5,000. When other board members at the nonprofit began asking to see the books earlier this year, Reyes allegedly delayed them and made excuses. In early 2012, board members discovered that a bank account that should have held around $68,000 contained only $19.

When confronted, Reyes apologized and promised to pay the money back, but only paid $2,500, prosecutors said.

After board members went to police, detectives determined that Reyes had used the account’s ATM card 188 times to make withdrawals at the Jockey Club in San Mateo.

Reyes remains free from custody on his own recognizance until his surrender.

 

 

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