Salvador Galvan, Compton’s former deputy city treasurer, and his wife pleaded guilty in an embezzlement scheme in which Galvan embezzled over $3.7 million from city coffers. Galvan, who is 47 years old and a resident of La Mirada, worked for the city of Compton for more than two decades. Galvan’s position tasked him with collecting, tallying, and taking thousands of dollars to the bank that came in daily from residents paying their water bills, trash bills, business license fees, and building permit fees. Galvan pleaded guilty to one count of theft from an organization receiving federal funds and faces up to 10 years in federal prison, along with being required to pay full restitution. Assistant United States Attorney Daniel O’Brien stated,
You’re supposed to serve the public, right, you’re to do it honestly and selflessly. What happened here was the opposite. He took the cash and prepared a deposit slip for the bank that reflected ‘x amount,’ then prepared a different deposit slip for accounting purposes that reflected ‘y amount.’
Prosecutors claim that since May 2010, Galvan would pocket $200 to $8,000 a day, which were small enough amounts that they went unnoticed for six years. It wasn’t until December 2017 that a colleague spotted a $7,000 discrepancy that triggered an investigation. Galvan’s wife, Rosa, is accused of receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and money orders from her husband and she pleaded guilty to one count of engaging in a monetary transaction involving property derived from specified unlawful activity. Galvan and his wife are scheduled to be sentenced in November and they might receive reduces sentences.