Updated: Nov. 3
By Andrea Swayne
Brian Cleveland Dunn was arraigned Monday on charges of misappropriation of public funds and embezzlement while employed as the former general manager of the OC Dana Point Harbor’s commercial core, officials said.
Dunn, 61, of Capistrano Beach, was an employee of Vintage Marina Partners, the company hired by the County of Orange to manage the Embarcadero Marina at the Harbor. He allegedly submitted more than $130,000 in falsified invoices to the county for reimbursement and made unauthorized purchases of more than $440,000 using the VMP company credit card, according to an Orange County District Attorney’s Office press release.
Dunn began working for VMP in 2004. In 2008 he started a company called Organic Tree Landscaping through which he is accused of purchasing landscaping materials for county projects at the Harbor, marking them up 100 percent and then billing the county for more than $130,000.
He is also accused of using the VMP credit card to pay for more than $440,000 worth of personal expenses, including clothing, travel and improvements to his home in Hawaii.
Dunn is charged with one felony count of misappropriation of public funds and one felony count of grand theft by embezzlement, with sentence enhancements of aggravated white collar crime, property damage and property loss.
If convicted, the charges carry a maximum sentence of 11 years and four months in state prison.
Dunn is currently out of custody after posting $200,000 in bail and has pleaded not guilty.
Contacted by phone on Tuesday, Dunn declined to comment, referring questions to his attorney Gary Pohlson. A phone message to Pohlson has yet to be returned.
His pre-trial hearing is set for Nov. 20 in Department C-57 at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Brett Brian of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting the case.