A former director of Poinsettia Recreation Center has been arrested for stealing money from a different Los Angeles city park.
Carol Brandt was director of Poinsettia Park from 2007 to 2008. She was then transferred by the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks to become director of Montecito Heights Recreation Center.
According to the Los Angeles Times:
Carol Brandt, 47, who served as the director of the Montecito Heights Recreation Center northeast of downtown from 2008 to 2011, was charged Tuesday with embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds. She is accused of pocketing more than $10,000 from members of several basketball and soccer teams who paid to use the facility’s courts and fields in 2009 and 2010. She is also accused of stealing from snack bars at the recreation center and at an adjacent senior citizens’ center, as well as money from young participants in a summer day camp.
It is unclear whether Brandt engaged in similar crimes while at Poinsettia Park.
Brandt’s arrest comes during the same week that Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez and two associates were arrested for bribery. All of these arrests are reminders that there is a great deal of corruption in government in Los Angeles. We residents must be vigilant about holding government workers and elected officials accountable at all times. Pay attention, get involved, and vote.