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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Monday April 6th, 2020 :: 11:55 a.m. PDT


Thousand Oaks - Arrest of Embezzlement Suspect

Nature of Incident: Arrest of Embezzlement Suspect
Report Number: 20-30856
Location: 2100 block of East Thousand Oaks Boulevard
Date & Time: April 2, 2020 @ 7:00 AM
Unit(s) Responsible: East County Investigations Bureau / Forgery Fraud Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

(S) Mary Urias
(V) 5-Star Theatricals
An office manager for 5-Star Theatricals has been arrested for embezzling money and other charges following a month long investigation.
On February 25, 2020, an employee of 5-Star Theatricals reported they suspected their office manager, (S) Mary Urias, embezzled money from the non-profit organization’s bank account.
Urias was working as the office manager for 5-Star Theatricals since May 2016. The investigation determined Urias used her position to write checks in her name and deposit the funds into her own personal bank account. Additionally, Urias wrote checks from the company account and used a company credit card to cover her personal expenses.  From June 2016 to February 2020, Urias is suspected of embezzling more than $130,000.00.
On April 2, 2020, detectives with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office’s Thousand Oaks Station served a search warrant on Urias’ residence and took her into custody.  Urias was booked for multiple counts of Grand Theft/487 PC, Identity Theft/530.5 PC, Preparing False Documentary Evidence/134 PC, and Forgery with Prior/470(a) PC.  Urias is currently in custody on $110,000.00 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on April 6, 2020.
Based on the investigation, there is reason to believe Urias may have victimized additional employers in the past.  Anyone with information regarding this case or similar crimes is encouraged to contact Detective Jennifer Bowie at (805) 494-8227.
Prepared by: Detective Jennifer Bowie  
News Release Date: April 6, 2020  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Jennifer Bowie (805) 947-8109
[email protected]
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Captain Denise Sliva
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