BY JASON KOTOWSKI Californian staff writer email@example.com
Former Bakersfield Police Benefit Association treasurer Amy Christine Powers had a couple of different explanations when it came to how she spent thousands of dollars in personal purchases on the association's credit card.
Powers, 40, first told detectives she must have mistaken the association's credit card with one of her personal cards. Under further questioning, she admitted her credit cards look nothing like the association's card.
She then said she'd been dating a married man who'd given her an unlimited credit card, according to redacted documents that became available Friday. She said she must have mistaken the association card for her unlimited card.
Detectives asked the name of the man. She refused to give it. She said he'd just deny the relationship to avoid getting in trouble over the affair.
And where was the card? Powers didn't have it anymore. She said she gave it back to her unnamed lover.
Powers has pleaded not guilty to three counts of grand theft. Prosecutors say she embezzled about $45,000 from the benefit association between January 2008 and early 2013.
She served as the treasurer from January 2003 to January 2013. Powers told investigators an audit was never conducted on the association during her time there.
Powers is also accused of taking change from the association's vending machines for her personal account.
The association had net assets of more than $317,000 listed in its 2010 tax filing, the most recent one available. Its activities include crime prevention and an annual run to raise college tuition funds for the children of officers killed in the line of duty.
In addition to serving as the association's treasurer, Powers worked at the Bakersfield Police Department. She was a senior police records clerk until resigning in February after being questioned in connection with the missing funds. She now lives out of state.
Kern County sheriff's investigators said Powers was given a VISA credit card for business purchases as the association's treasurer. They said she instead used it pay for personal trips and meals at restaurants, as well as jewelry and clothing.
If convicted, Powers faces a maximum of four years and four months in prison. She'd also have to repay the money.
A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Dec. 5.