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Fullerton police announce arrests in alleged embezzlement by former city employee

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Fullerton police have arrested a former city employee on embezzlement charges along with two others who allegedly benefitted from the scheme.

As Fullerton’s former risk assessment manager, Darryl Phillips had the authority to approve claims against the city worth less than $20,000.

Police say he abused that authority to create fake claims and embezzle $36,000. They claim that he shared the money with his cousin and her boyfriend.

Fullerton Police Sgt. Andrew Goodrich says officers arrested all three people involved in the alleged plot. "It was uncovered by administration personnel within city hall when they were doing routine bookkeeping and noticed that several of the claims were lacking the appropriate documentation."

Police say Phillips resigned in August when other city employees confronted him. He was charged with several felony counts, including misappropriation of public funds, forgery and embezzlement as a public employee.

Bail for Phillips and his alleged accomplices, Darnell Mackey and Tracey Williams, was set at $50,000.