Former dispatcher busted for stealing from charity

April 15, 2009 6:15:46 AM PDT
Former Napa Police Department dispatcher Dannille Vanderpool has been charged with 15 felony counts, including grand theft, forgery and identity theft, for allegedly bilking contributors to a cancer fund for her.

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The California Attorney General's Office said the complaint was filed Monday in Napa County Superior Court. The complaint alleges 13 grand theft, one forgery and one identity theft count, Senior Assistant Attorney General Gerald Engler said this afternoon. The monetary loss is in excess of $50,000, Engler said.

Napa police said an arrest warrant was issued Monday. The alleged thefts occurred in Napa between 2006 and 2009, police said.

Engler said police departments and police associations in the Bay Area, including those in Napa, are the alleged victims.

Vanderpool was hired as a full-time public safety dispatcher on Jan. 1, 2005 and left her employment on Jan. 26, Napa police said.

Napa police investigated the allegations after information was provided to staff members about possible wrongdoing by Vanderpool, police said in a news release.

Engler said Vanderpool is out of custody but is expected to surrender and appear in Napa County Superior Court soon.

Twelve of the grand theft counts involve money donated by police associations or businesses that gave more than $500 and the 13th grand theft count includes money given by several alleged victims that each gave less than $500, Engler said.

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