Grover Beach science center closes after employee arrested for embezzlement
July 24, 2014
A Grover Beach nonprofit has opted to temporarily close its science center after police arrested a former employee for forging checks and embezzling funds. [Tribune]
Arroyo Grande resident Stacy Halvorsen, 40, is accused of forging two checks — one for $2,135 in Oct. 2012 and another for $426 in May 2013. The nonprofit board that oversees the Exploration Station science in Grover Beach is examining an additional 16 checks.
Investigators have yet to reveal details on the forgery charge. Grover Beach police arrested Halvorsen on June 5.
On July 16, the nonprofit board met in closed session and chose to close the science center for two months and to cancel a fundraiser for the nonprofit as it conducted an organization review. The science center is primarily used by children for the purpose of learning about science and technology.
As a result of the closure, the board laid off one paid staff member. Halvorsen, who previously was the other paid staffer, worked for the Exploration Station since 2012.
Prosecutors previously convicted Halvorsen for writing checks with insufficient funds in April 2003 and Nov. 2004.
The Exploration Station is located at 867 Ramona Avenue inside the building that previously functioned as Grover Beach’s city hall and fire station. The nonprofit South County Family Educational and Cultural Center Incorporated oversees operation of the facility.