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A Capistrano Beach (Dana Point) man was convicted and sentenced Wednesday for embezzlement and misappropriation of funds while employed as a marina manager at Dana Point Harbor.
Brian Cleveland Dunn, 63, pleaded guilty to one felony count of misappropriation of public funds and one felony count of grand theft by embezzlement, with sentencing enhancements of aggravated white collar crime, property damage and property loss, a Dec. 4 press release from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said.
Dunn is sentenced to one year in jail, three years of probation and ordered to pay restitution to Vintage Marina Partners, the company contracted by Orange County to run the Embarcadero Marina—the commercial core—at Dana Point Harbor.
Dunn began working as the general manager of Vintage Marina Partners in 2004.
Between 2008 and 2012, Dunn charged the county more than $130,000 by submitting falsified invoices for Harbor landscaping materials purchased at a 100 percent markup from Organic Tree Landscaping—a business he started in 2008.
Prior to his plea, Dunn had restitution to the county in the amount of $132,787, the release said.
Dunn also made more than $440,000 worth of unauthorized purchases with the Vintage Marina Partners company credit card between 2007 and 2011, for personal expenses such as clothing, travel and home improvement projects on his vacation house in Hawaii, authorities said.
Dunn was arraigned in November 2014, pleaded not guilty and was released from custody on a $200,000 bond.
According to the 2014 arraignment press release, the charges against Dunn carried a maximum sentence of 11 years and four months in state prison.
At a pretrial hearing in June, Dunn’s attorney Gary Pohlson requested a preliminary hearing waiver, calling it unnecessary because, he said, “We are going to settle this case.” The request was granted.
Brett Brian, senior deputy district attorney of the Special Prosecutions Unit, prosecuted the case.