SANTA ANA, CA - Suzanne Denise Bowman, a 14-year employee of Scheurer Architect, a Newport Beach architectural firm will be arraigned tomorrow for embezzling over $150,000 to finance personal expenses including travel purchases.
Beginning in 1996, Baumann worked for Scheurer Architect in Newport Beach. She is accused of being responsible for overseeing the company's financial accounts and records and stealing over $115,700 by charging unauthorized purchases on three different company credit cards. Baumann is also accused of stealing over $44,000 from the company's bank account to pay charges on her personal credit card. The defendant is accused of spending the money on personal expenses including travel expenses, concert tickets, and items online from Amazon.com.
In early May 2010, a Scheurer Architect employee noticed a missing check that Baumann made payable to herself. After an audit of the corporate accounts, the theft was reported to the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD).
On May 16, 2010, Baumann is accused of going to NBPD and using a stolen company credit card to pay for a massage therapy license to start her new business.
After further investigation by NBPD, Baumann was arrested yesterday, Dec. 14, 2010.