Elizabeth Katherine Bauer, 40, of Mammoth Lakes was arrested in late May on felony charges of grand theft and embezzlement, according to Lt. Jason Kravetz of the Laguna Beach Police Dept.
She allegedly embezzled “nearly $72,000” from P.U.P. (Protecting Unwanted Animals), the all-volunteer non-profit fundraising arm of the city’s animal shelter. Bauer had served as president of the 501(c)(3) from August 2006 until March of this year.
According to Laguna Police, last summer, P.U.P. and Hennessey’s Tavern on Ocean Avenue held a charity golf tournament to raise money toward the animal shelter’s damage suffered during the December 2010 flooding. After Bauer stepped down as president, the new administration discovered “several irregularities with one of the bank accounts.” According to Kravetz, Bauer was requested to explain them, but allegedly only offered excuses.
P.U.P. filed a police report, and on May 22, Bauer arrived at the animal shelter for what she thought was a meeting. Once there, a detective questioned and subsequently arrested her. Police said Bauer apparently used the money to pay rent on a Dana Point home, purchase ski lift tickets in Mammoth and to make repairs on her Mammoth Lakes property. –stunewslaguna.com