Photo: CourtesyEd Torres in a Probation Department occasion in 2019.
Manuel “Ed” Torres, a former manager with the Santa Barbara County Probation Department, was detained Wednesday for allegedly embezzling over $600,000 in the probation officers marriage he led for 20 years. Torres, 63, is presently reserved in County Jail on 15 felony charges, such as grand theft, misappropriation of public funds, forgery, and tax offenses. His bond is set at $500,000, and he’s scheduled to be arraigned Friday.
Researchers started looking into Torres’s private financing in July 2019, after a telephone call by Chief Probation Officer Tanja Heitman into District Attorney Joyce Dudley. Heitman had spoken using a deputy probation officer called David Silva, who’d recently been chosen to substitute Torres as president of the Treaty marriage. Apparently not happy with the consequences, Torres had breathed from this assembly and also cut all ties together with the plank, and Silva explained a direct review of their union’s records demonstrated what seemed to be a large scale embezzlement scheme by Torres over several decades.
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