FULLERTON, Calif. – A former treasurer for a youth soccer club organization is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow for embezzling and laundering over $174,000 from the organization. Laura Alicia Zellerbach, 41, Long Beach, is charged with one felony count of embezzlement by fiduciary of trust, one felony count of attempting to falsify records, one felony count of money laundering, and 23 felony counts of attempted computer access and fraud. If convicted, Zellerbach faces a maximum sentence of 20 years and eight months in state prison. She is out of custody on her own recognizance and is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. in Department N-3, North Justice Center, Fullerton.
Between April 2013 and January 2015, Zellerbach served as treasurer for the Fullerton Rangers Youth Soccer Club (FRYSC). She is accused of having access to all of the individual team accounts and club organization accounts. At the time of the crime, she is accused of handling the finances for a business she and her husband owned, Zellcorp Inc. dba Restaurant Packaging Group.
Zellerbach is accused of embezzling over $174,000 from FRYSC by transferring money from the various team accounts into her own personal account, withdrawing FRYSC's money at a bank or ATM, and through debit card transactions.
She is accused of laundering the embezzled money by transferring the funds into her personal accounts and using the money as capital loans from her personal account to fund Zellcorp Inc. She is accused of withdrawing over $20,000 for a cashier's check to partially pay for a European vacation for her children. Zellerbach is accused of resigning as treasurer after FRYSC board members began questioning her about the organization's finances.
The Fullerton Police Department investigated this case and arrested Zellerbach yesterday, Feb. 3, 2016.
Deputy District Attorney Chuck Lawhorn of the Major Fraud Unit/White Collar Crime Team is prosecuting this case.
Orange County District Attorney / Case # 16NF0293 / February 04, 2016