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California foster care official faces embezzlement charges

Posted: August 30, 2013 12:20 p.m.
Updated: August 30, 2013 12:20 p.m.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A Temecula woman is charged with embezzling nearly $400,000 earmarked for foster children and spending it on vacations and mortgage payments.

Vivian Lisa Benn is charged with multiple counts of embezzlement by a public official and money laundering. She was arrested Wednesday and remains jailed on $398,000 bail, the amount she is charged with taking.

Authorities say Benn, 40, took the money between 2004 and 2009 while she was managing accounts for her Family Hope Foster Family Agency.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports the missing money was discovered following an audit by the Department of Social Services.

Authorities say Benn spent it on trips to Las Vegas and Indian gambling casinos, a Carnival cruise lines vacation and on a pair of vacation time-share properties.

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