A Salinas man has been indicted on bank fraud and aggravated identity theft charges, Acting United States Attorney Brian J. Stretch announced Tuesday. A federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted Neal Morton for his alleged involvement in a scheme to embezzle funds from the Tehama Golf Club, prosecutors said. Morton was employed in the accounting department of Tehama Golf Club and devised a scheme to embezzle funds from the club between 2009 through February of 2014, prosecutors said.
As part of the scheme, he had checks drawn from the club’s bank accounts that were made payable to himself and concealed the scheme by having false account entries made to reflect the checks were for valid business expenses, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said he also forged signatures on checks that were required to have another authorized signature using electric copies of signatures he had saved on his computer. He is also accused of forging at least one signature himself. The proceeds were deposited into a bank account he controlled, prosecutor said. Morton is scheduled to make his initial appearance in federal court in San Jose on Oct. 29.
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