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Ex-SeaWorld manager accused of embezzlement

Ex-SeaWorld manager accused of embezzlement

A former SeaWorld San Diego manager was arraigned Monday on wire fraud charges in connection with an alleged embezzlement scheme that spanned eight years.

Wilfred David Joseph Jobin-Reyes, known as Sebastian Jobin, was charged with stealing more than $750,000 from SeaWorld by creating fake invoices from a fictitious company he created and then using his position to approve payment of the bills, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in San Diego.

The complaint alleges that Jobin-Reyes created a fake company, “SJ Merchandise,” and adopted an alias, John Caldwell, to conceal ownership of the company.

After uncovering the suspected fraud, SeaWorld investigators saw that Jobin-Reyes had used his work computer to create more than 100 fake invoices for goods that never made it to the marine park, including wildlife animal bookmarks, sea creature rings, and purple shiny ornaments. SeaWorld had paid Jobin-Reyes more than $750,000 before discovering the fraud in early 2015, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

Reyes, who had worked as a show producer at SeaWorld, was initially arrested in Dallas last month. U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul D. Stickney of the Northern District of Texas later detained him pending trial after finding that Jobin-Reyes posed a serious flight risk. His next court appearance is on Thursday morning for a detention hearing.

Author: Lori Weisberg


Source: The San Diego Union Tribune

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