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Compton Deputy Treasurer Arrested For Allegedly Embezzling From The City Of Compton

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On Wednesday, Compton's deputy treasurer was arrested for allegedly embezzling from the city's treasury. Salvador Galvan, 47, has worked for the city of Compton since 1994, according to his LinkedIn page.

According to Sheriff's Department records, Galvan was arrested just before 3 p.m. Wednesday. Sgt. Jose Sandoval told LAist that, due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, information about how the alleged embezzlement came to light has not yet been released. The exact amount of money stolen also remains unknown. Sandoval told LAist that the city will likely have to go back and audit bank and other records in order to determine the duration of the theft.

According to the city of Compton's website, the deputy treasurer's primary responsibilities include maintaining banking and investment records for the city, verifying cash and preparing deposits for various accounts and funds on money received by the city, and maintaining the bank account for employees’ savings bonds and coupons, among other duties.

The L.A. Times reports that Compton Mayor Aja Brown issued a statement on Thursday that said: "On Wednesday, an employee from the City Treasurer’s Office allegedly admitted to illegally taking money from the city. The amount of money and the period of time this activity occurred are unknown at this time, but it is possible that both are extensive.”

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“Unfortunately, the actions of one employee can challenge the public’s trust that we strive daily to rebuild," Brown continued. "The alleged embezzlement and theft of public funds is an egregious affront to the residents of Compton and our dedicated employees.”