Officials at Herzog Wine Cellars declined to comment Monday.
Richard Keer, a businessman and former marketing consultant for the city of Oxnard, allegedly used stolen checks to embezzle more than $75,000 from Herzog Wine Cellars, according to an arrest warrant.
Royal Wine Corp., which owns the Oxnard winery, discovered the stolen checks in 2009, triggering an investigation, said Deputy District Attorney Marc Leventhal.
"This is a cookie cutter embezzlement case with a lot of substantiating evidence," he said.
city for three days one bar bill at a yacht club came to about $200 nothing came from the visit.
Richard Bruce Keer, 68, was booked Friday on 11 counts, including nine Air Max Excellerate 3 counts of check forgery, and single counts of computer fraud and grand theft, records show. He was released after posting $50,000 bail.
Last year, the City Council approved giving $85,000 to the public agency Economic Development Corporation of Oxnard for a contract to Air Max Shoes Images
At the time of the vote, EDCO President Steve Kinney said the effort was a "high risk, potentially high reward" attempt to attract new businesses downtown. But the effort netted no new business.
going "fairly well." Asked about his working relationship with Keer, he said, "I know the gentleman, but that's all I am going to say."
Some of the $85,000 was used to pay for Keer's travel to New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. In addition, Keer was paid $6,250 a month and $10,000 in costs. The contract also covered bringing Ludo Lefebvre, described by Kinney as a sort of "rock star" chef known for his food truck business in Los Angeles, to Oxnard. The hope was Lefebvre would open a "pop up" restaurant in a vacant storefront downtown. But after wining and dining him in the Air Max 95 Neon No Sew
The arrest warrant lists the exact amount of 10 checks at $75,182.91.
The city was not overly impressed, according to several sources.
hire Keer to help promote downtown dining.
During the same period, Keer was hired by the city of Oxnard to organize a series of events for Latino Heritage Month. Keer's consulting firm, NGI Strategic Marketing, was hired by the city in 2008 to organize a series of events for the Oxnard Celebrates the Arts project in connection with the Latino Heritage Month celebration in downtown Oxnard, according to a copy of the contract. Keer was paid $25,000 over six months for the work.
Keer, a top manager at the winery until he was terminated in late 2009, allegedly issued Royal Wine Corp. checks to legitimate vendors but then changed the name on the check to accounts he controlled and kept the money, Leventhal said.
Keer, who lives in Oxnard, could not be reached for comment. He had an office on South A Street in downtown, before vacating the space earlier this year, according to people who worked nearby.
Keer told Leventhal in an interview that he changed the payee on the checks to accounts he controlled, but did so to reimburse himself for company bills he personally paid, the arrest warrant shows. Leventhal said he could find no charges to justify the reimbursement. Leventhal said the embezzlement occurred between 2006 and 2009.
Reached Monday, Oxnard City Manager Ed Sotelo described Keer's work for the Latino Heritage Month as "adequate" and recalled the events Air Max 95 Black Red Orange
Businessman accused of embezzling money from Oxnard winery
"He would prepare a legitimate check to what seemed a legitimate vendor, but then would alter the payee to an account he controlled," Leventhal said.
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