Two SJ Cops Face Charges of Grand Theft

Two cops find themselves on the wrong end of the law

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    Two San Jose police officers face charges of grand theft after an investigation allegedly found they stole money from the San Jose chapter of the National Latino Peace Officers Association.

    Manuel Villagrana, a former member of the SJPD, served as president and Marco Ybarra, a current member of the SJPD,  served as treasurer.  Both were arrested Tuesday.  

    An investigative committee formed by the NLPOA brought the complaint to police after an internal investigation found "financial irregularities."

    The District Attorney's office said it's investigation found that between 2005 and 2006 Ybarra withdrew nearly $20,000 in cash and another $20,000 in checks.  The DA said Villagrana withdrew $83,900 in cash. All of the those withdrawals were for their personal use, according to the DA.

    NLPOA is a national non-profit organization that tries to eliminate discrimination and improve citizen relations in the criminal justice system, particularly with respect to law enforcement.  The money the men allegedly stole was intended to pay for scholarships.

    The Mercury New reports that investigators don't know how the suspects spent the money and that none of the money has been recovered.