YUMA, Ariz. – A man is being investigated by the Yuma Police Department for allegedly transferring money from the Yuma Visitor Bureau (YVB) business account to his personal account.
Officers said Fernando Zacarias was arrested June 9 but later released. YPD said they are investigating the case and gathering evidence to present to the state attorney’s office. Zacarias could potentially be formally charged with fraudulent scheme and theft.
Zacarias is a former YVB employee who had been terminated before his arrest for unrelated reasons, according to YVB.
YVB released a statement about the incident on Wednesday. It stated, “YVB contacted YPD and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to report a misappropriation of YVB funds, with evidence that the activity was performed by an employee of YVB. For reasons unrelated, the employee in question had already been terminated from YVB. Yuma Visitors Bureau is fully cooperating with law enforcement to investigate this matter.”
The statement then went on to say, “YVB staff and its board of directors are deeply disappointed with these findings; however, the entire organization remain committed to excellence. YVB will continue to promote Yuma as a premier destination by spreading the word of its wonderful diversity and rich history.”