Former Compton employee admits $3.7 Million Embezzlement

July 15, 2017

The former deputy treasurer for the City of Compton pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges stemming from his theft of more than $3.7 million of city funds.  He faces a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison.

Salvador Galvan, 47, took $3,721,924 from the City of Compton from May 2010 through Dec. 2016

Galvan, who worked in the Compton Treasurer’s Office for more than 20 years, was responsible for tallying the cash received by the city as payment for parking tickets, business licenses and other fees. After the cash was counted, Galvan prepared the money for deposit into a city bank account.

Galvan then skimmed cash from the daily receipts on numerous occasions, sometimes taking as much $8,000 per day.

Galvan has agreed to forfeit to the government the remaining proceeds of his embezzlement, which includes cash and cars purchased with the stolen money. He has also agreed to pay restitution to the City of Compton as ordered by the court.

In conjunction with Galvan’s guilty plea, his wife – Rosa Maria Galvan – was charged with money laundering related to the embezzled funds. She pleaded guilty to that charge yesterday as well and will also be sentenced on November 3, 2017.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel O’Brien, Deputy Chief of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section.







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23 Comments

  1. jimmy_me says:

    Hey Salvador, there’s a job waiting for you in SLO county government. You’ll feel right at home.

    (17) 19 Total Votes - 18 up - 1 down
  2. nunsense says:

    gosh, i sure hope he gets to keep his pension!

    (15) 17 Total Votes - 16 up - 1 down
    • Mike says:

      The union will go to bat for him.

      (5) 7 Total Votes - 6 up - 1 down
    • kayaknut says:

      No doubt he will, in fact that taxpayer funded pension is probably what he is going to use to pay back what he stole. So it’s basically just another tax and fee for the taxpayers to pay for something someone else stole, welcome to the public sector.

      (8) 10 Total Votes - 9 up - 1 down
  3. isoslo says:

    But he will still get his government pension and health insurance for life!

    (2) 6 Total Votes - 4 up - 2 down
  4. TWEEKSBALMER says:

    Our local officials rob us in the open with inflated salaries and pensions.

    (6) 8 Total Votes - 7 up - 1 down
  5. rukidding says:

    Just another day in the HOOD.

    (13) 21 Total Votes - 17 up - 4 down
    • kayaknut says:

      More like just another day in the public sector. Come on stealing $8,000 a day and no one knew, unlikely, they knew they just didn’t want their theft to be found out so they kept their mouths shut about someone else’s theft.

      (5) 9 Total Votes - 7 up - 2 down
  6. r0y says:

    Since you mention statistics, you must know that there are more democrats than republicans, especially in this state, and especially in urban areas. Kind of a self-defeating question, just a man at democrats… and this is from me, one who trusts democrats even less than republicans.

    (-5) 25 Total Votes - 10 up - 15 down
  7. copperhead says:

    Working for government is a license to steal from the taxpayer, but this guy took it to a whole new level.

    A low level employee who will be forfeiting cash and cars. I guess his supervisors just thought he was dealing drugs on the side these past 7 years to support his lifestyle. What idiots.

    (1) 5 Total Votes - 3 up - 2 down
  8. sloweb says:

    I would be willing to bet that he was a Democrat. And before you start – yes, I know that not all Democrats are corrupt. And yes I know that there are corrupt Republicans as well.

    But I also know, that STATISTICALLY speaking, there are more reports of corrupt Democrat officials than there are of Republican officials. You have to ask yourself, why?

    (17) 51 Total Votes - 34 up - 17 down
  9. shelworth says:

    When he gets out maybe Los Osos will hire him to run the CSD…

    (2) 4 Total Votes - 3 up - 1 down

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