1.26.11 Embezzlement Charges from the SASC

STATEMENT BY THE SUSTAINABILITY ALLIANCE OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (“SASC”) ON  THE  SUSPENSION OF YEVES PEREZ AS TREASURER – AND PENDING REMOVAL AS DIRECTOR AND MEMBER – FOR EMBEZZLEMENT AND BREACH OF FIDUCIARY DUTY.

The Board of Directors of the Sustainability Alliance of Southern California (“SASC”) voted on Tuesday, January 25th, to immediately suspend Yeves Perez as Treasurer, and moved to remove him as a Director and Member, based on clear and convincing evidence that Perez looted the SASC Treasury of more than 99% of its bank account, and his failure or refusal to return such funds after the theft was discovered.

In three (3) separate transactions that occurred in less than a week in mid-November, 2010, Perez made cash withdrawals in excess of $4,000.00 without any authorization or approval, used the funds for his own personal benefit, failed to disclose the same to the officers and directors of SASC and, once discovered, repeatedly failed or refused to return any of the funds.  In addition, members of SASC have recently become aware of other potential victims of Perez’ unethical behavior, including one person who has posted her experience with Perez on a website she created, www.TheRealYevesPerez.com.

A criminal complaint was filed by SASC on Tuesday, January 25th, with the San Diego Police Department, Complaint Number 11-003502.  SASC encourages anyone who has any information or knowledge of Perez involving similar circumstances or untoward behavior to contact SASC’s General Counsel, Ken Sobel, by email – ken@usesolarenergy.net – and to report the same to the San Diego Police at sdpdeastern@pd.sandiego.gov.

Mr. Sobel said:  “Perez’ conduct is despicable.  He has violated the trust of the members and directors of SASC by stealing nearly every penny of the funds reposed to his care, which is now aggravated by his failure or refusal to return the funds after he was caught.   We intend to see him prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and we will take all necessary steps to advise other members of the green community and the community at large of Mr. Perez’ egregious misconduct so they can avoid a similar injury.  While we were probably not Mr. Perez’ first victim, we intend to be his last victim.”

SASC was formed in 2009 by Founder and Chairman, Alan Ball, a pioneer and leader in the California sustainability movement.  As a San Diego based, California non-profit public advocacy organization, SASC seeks to create a sustainable Southern California region by the year 2020.  It recently spearheaded the local effort to defeat Proposition 23 – a ballot measure sponsored by a dirty energy coalition led by two out of state oil companies, including Valero – which would have suspended California’s clean energy initiatives for the foreseeable future.   That measure was defeated by the voters in the fall election by a 3:2 margin.

On the subject of the SASC Board’s decision to remove Perez from the Board and press criminal charges against him for his misconduct, Chairman Ball stated:  “”We made this difficult decision in order to fulfill our fiduciary, legal and moral obligations. While this is a challenging time for SASC, we intend to rise above this theft and grow our organization as we continue to pursue cutting edge sustainability programs for the region. The SASC Board thanks those who are assisting us at this time.”

For further information, please contact Ken Sobel at the email address, above, or by telephone at (619) 208-2439.

Ken Sobel

SASC General Counsel

 

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