TV executive pleads no contest to embezzlement
April 21, 2011
The former head of San Luis Obispo County Public Access television pleaded no contest on April 11 to charges he embezzled funds from the nonprofit. [NewTimes]
Anthony Pope was arrested on April 6 for embezzling $2,525 from the station.
In August, Pope secured funding for the purchase of electronic equipment for the station. He, however, allegedly returned the equipment before it could be used by the TV station.
Prosecutors said he used the money to buy personal items including laptop computers.
After serving only five months as chairman of the nonprofit’s board, Pope was removed from the lead position in August because of complaints that he “pissed people off and burned a lot of bridges.” During his time as chairman, the nonprofit’s relationship with Charter Communications soured and the public access station lost its studio.
Pope faces up to a year in jail, restitution and three years of formal probation. His sentencing is set for May 9.
He remains in San Luis Obispo County Jail with bond set at $35,000.