Santa Rosa Man Accused of Embezzling from Disabled Clients

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    FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2005 file photo, trays of printed social security checks wait to be mailed from the U.S. Treasury's Financial Management services facility. A man in Santa Rosa is accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars in his clients' Social Security money.

    Police say a Santa Rosa man who worked at a nonprofit that serves disabled people has been arrested for allegedly embezzling $400,000 from dozens of clients.

    The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reports that police arrested 66-year-old Larry Gene Sark on Monday on suspicion of fiduciary abuse of a dependent adult dating back to 2007.

    Investigators believe Sark used his clients' Social Security money -- intended to allow the clients to buy extra food and other daily living necessities -- to lead a lavish lifestyle, Santa Rosa police Sgt. Phil Brazis said.

    Police began investigating Sark in September after receiving a tip about him possibly having an inappropriate relationship with a client of the nonprofit.

    Police accuse Sark of depositing numerous checks belonging to 51 clients at the nonprofit into his personal bank accounts.

    Sark is being held at the Sonoma County jail on $500,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Sonoma County Superior Court
    Wednesday afternoon.

    It is unclear if Sark has retained an attorney.


    Bay City News contributed to this report.