California Woman Arrested for Embezzlement from Architecture Firm

Dec 23, 2010 - LegalZoom News Sources
California Woman Arrested for Embezzlement from Architecture Firm

A California woman has been arrested after authorities discovered that she had embezzled more than $150,000 from the architectural firm where she worked, reports the Orange County Register.

Suzanne Denise Baumann, 40, had worked for Scheurer Architects in Newport Beach since 1996. She reportedly used the company credit card to pay for $115,700 worth of personal items and expenses, and allegedly made payments from the company's bank account to her personal credit card totalling $44,000.

Baumann's alleged theft was discovered after a fellow employee initiated a company audit when a check Baumann had made payable to herself went missing in May. That same month, she also reportedly tried to use a stolen company credit card to pay for a massage therapy license from the Newport Beach Police Department.

Santa Ana County prosecutors have charged Baumann with two felony counts of grand theft and one felony count of second degree commercial burglary. She has also been hit with sentencing enhancements for aggravated white collar crime over $100,000 and property damage over $65,000.

According to its website, Scheurer Architects was founded in 1991 and currently has projects in at least eight U.S. states and three foreign countries.