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SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
Wednesday November 20th, 2019 :: 05:27 p.m. PST


John & Janay Lusk have been charged with embezzling thousands of dollars from the Needles Sand Shark Swim Team

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 8:00 PM

INCIDENT: Embezzlement

LOCATION: 1700 Block of J Street, Needles, CA.

SUSPECT(S): John Paul Lusk, 44 years old, resident of Needles, CA.
Janay Monique Lusk, 41 years old, resident of Needles, CA.

VICTIM: Needles Sand Sharks Swim Team

SUMMARY: On Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 8:00 p.m., deputies from the Needles Police and Sheriff's Department responded to a theft call on the 1700 block of J Street in the city of Needles. Deputies received information the Needles Sand Sharks Swim Team was missing approximately $30,000. After compiling six years of bank records, coupled with interviews, it was determined John Lusk and Janay Lusk, who were entrusted with the Sand Sharks bank account since 2013, had misused the account for personal gain. Records show the Sand Sharks bank account was used by the Lusk's to purchase personal items in excess of $50,000, not related to the swim team.

The case was submitted to the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office for review. On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, the District Attorney's Office filed felony embezzlement charges against John and Janay Lusk. Felony arrest warrants were issued for both John and Janay Lusk.

On Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at 11:14 a.m., Detective Abell & Detective Preston made contact with John Lusk on the 1200 block of Safari Drive in the City of Needles, where he was arrested for Embezzlement. John Lusk was taken into custody and transported to the Colorado River Station for booking. John Lusk is being held on $60,000. bail, pending a court hearing. Detectives attempted to locate Janay Lusk but were informed she appeared at the San Bernardino Superior Court in Victorville, California with her attorney early Wednesday morning. Court records show Janay Lusk was arraigned and has a pending court hearing in January 2020.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective Brandon Abell at the Colorado River station at (760)326-9200. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

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Refer: Detective Brandon Abell

Station: Colorado River Station

Phone No. (760)326-9206

Case No. 211900611

JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
1111 Bailey Ave
Needles, CA 92363

Emergency: 9-1-1

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