A parent volunteer suspected of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from Vista Murrieta High School band booster club was free today on $135,000 bail.
Paul Takuya Nogaki, 55, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of grand theft and embezzlement for allegedly stealing funds from the Vista Murrieta Golden Alliance Band Boosters.
Nogaki posted a bond and was released from the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta on Thursday.
According to Murrieta police, Nogaki served as a volunteer treasurer of the nonprofit band boosters for two years, leaving the post in June. Not long afterward, a new accountant began examining the club’s books and noticed irregularities that prompted him to contact the police department, said Sgt. Phil Gomez.
Following an investigation, Nogaki was arrested, Gomez said. He did not disclose the exact amount allegedly embezzled or any other details.
The Vista Murrieta Golden Alliance Band Boosters provides funding for travel, food, equipment and other expenses incurred by the Vista Murrieta High School band.
The organization, comprised mostly of parents, is privately operated and receives no funding from the Murrieta Valley Unified School District, according to Gomez.