Tulare PD arrests nonprofit treasurer on embezzlement charges

Bonnie Heasley is arrested for allegedly embezzling $60,000 from the Friends of Tulare Animal Services nonprofit

TULARE – The Tulare Police Department announced last week that they arrested Bonnie Heasley for allegedly embezzling $60,000 from an animal nonprofit.

Bonnie Heasley

Police noted in a press release that information released is still preliminary and a part of an ongoing investigation. They added the investigators are still conducting interviews and reviewing physical evidence along with electronic records.

Still, according to their release, police were alerted to possible embezzlement involving a city employee on June 23. Heasley, manager of the Tulare Animal Services Shelter, was placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.

Thus far, the investigation has revealed that over $60,000 was missing from the nonprofit, “Friends of Tulare Animal Services.” The nonprofit organization helps financially support Tulare Animal Services. Heasley has been the treasurer of the organization since 2018. Detectives were able to locate evidence through bank records and other transactions that supported the allegations.

On Wednesday July 28 at 7 a.m., detectives of the Tulare Police Department served a search warrant in the 2300 block of Azalea. Heasley, who was still on administrative leave, was contacted, arrested, and transported to the Tulare Police Department where she was interviewed. Heasley was then transported to the Tulare County Jail where she was booked on embezzlement charges. This investigation is on-going and anyone with information is urged to contact detective Mike Melikian at 559-685-2300 x2155.

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