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Polston Pled Guily to Grand Theft at Boys & Girls Clubs Tustin CA

Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo
Boys & Girls Clubs

The head of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tustin, California in Orange County, Clifford Polston, pled guilty to grand theft for stealing more than $114,000 from the group. The Boys & Girls Club of Tustin, which provides a safe place for youth to learn and grow, was shocked over the recent turn of events.

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.

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