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* James Brewer Arrested For Alleged Embezzlement While an Employee for Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District

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A 34-year-old man who worked for the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District was arrested Thursday for allegedly using district credit cards to buy personal items that were worth nearly $100,000, a district spokeswoman said. James Brewer, a Rohnert Park resident who had worked for the district for about 11 years, was arrested after accountants with the district discovered he had allegedly embezzled about $98,000, district spokeswoman Mary Currie said. District officials contacted the Marin County District Attorney’s Office and San Rafael police, who arrested Brewer Thursday, Currie said. Brewer was making about $75,700 per year as a buyer with the district’s bus division in San Rafael, a job in which he bought “everything from the nuts and bolts to the upholstery for the buses,” Currie said. Along with spending the money on bus equipment, Brewer was also allegedly using a district credit card to buy home electronics, and building supplies and tools, according to Currie. He was fired after the improper purchases came to light, she said. Currie said the district is “going to prosecute and seek full restitution” from Brewer. The district is also combing through records of its procurement system, which Brewer was a part of, to see if any other improprieties pop up. “We’re not going to tolerate this kind of system break-in … and we will do everything we can to not allow something like this to happen in the future,” Currie said.

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