Retired Hemet Police officer arrested for embezzlement from local synagogue
HEMET – A retired Hemet Police officer, identified by sheriff’s officials as Gerald Max Beamesderfer Jr, 64, of Hemet, has been arrested for embezzlement after an exhaustive and thorough investigation that lasted more than a year, according to sheriff’s officials. Investigators from Riverside County Sheriff’s San Jacinto Station arrested Beamesderfer on Feb. 9 for his alleged involvement in the embezzlement.
In a press release from Riverside Sheriff’s Department, Sgt. Robert Duckett explained the investigation began on Dec. 13, 2013, when the department received information from a local synagogue about suspected embezzlement by one of their members.
Synagogue Elders reported they had discovered over $250,000 was missing and unaccounted for from their accounts. Elders believed Beamesderfer, a member of the synagogue, was responsible for the missing funds.
During their investigation, sheriff’s officials determined Beamesderfer was the synagogue’s sole financial officer and he had complete and sole access to the synagogue’s bank accounts and financial records.
Sheriff’s investigators obtained several search warrants for bank and synagogue records as well as other information related to the suspected embezzlement.
During their investigation, investigators from San Jacinto PD and the Hemet-Valle Vista Sheriff’s Station served search warrants in the 1200 block of Bishop Drive and in the 300 block of Lyon Avenue in Hemet.
While serving their search warrants, investigators determined there was approximately $133,000 that could not be fully accounted for. Investigators also recovered construction equipment and other property related to the embezzlement investigation.
Based on their investigation, sheriff’s officials arrested Beamesderfer for embezzlement in excess of $100,000. A jail records search indicated investigators arrested him at the Hemet Sheriff’s Station on Feb. 9, at about 8:00 p.m.
Beamesderfer was booked into the Southwest Detention Center for a single count of embezzlement, a felony. His bail was set at $133,000, the amount investigators were unable to account for during their investigation, however records also showed he was released from jail the following day, on Feb. 10. His arraignment is scheduled for Apr. 4, at 7:30 a.m.
Duckett explained the department’s investigation is still ongoing and he encouraged anyone with information related to the alleged incidents to call Investigator Grassell at (951) 791-3400.
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