The state of California filed criminal charges against two former top San Diego redevelopment officials today, accusing them of embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds nearly three years after a voiceofsandiego.org investigation uncovered their clandestine bonus scheme.
Carolyn Y. Smith and Dante Dayacap face a maximum of seven years and four months in prison if convicted of the charges brought against them by State Attorney General Kamala Harris. They were president and finance director, respectively, at the city’s Southeastern Economic Development Corp., an organization that oversees taxpayer-sponsored development in San Diego’s southeastern neighborhoods.
Law enforcement officials arrested Dayacap today. Smith wasn’t immediately taken into custody.
Each was charged with five felony counts: conspiracy to commit a crime, three counts of embezzlement of public funds and one count of misappropriation of public funds.