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Retired Santa Barbara Co. probation officer facing multiple felony charges

Posted at 3:34 PM, Jul 30, 2020

Felony charges are expected to be filed Friday against a retired Santa Barbara County probation officer who prosecutors say committed theft, forgery, tax fraud and other crimes over a 10-year period.

According to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office, Manuel Edward Torres, 64, will be charged with 15 counts of misappropriation of public funds, grand theft of money from the Santa Barbara County Probation Peace Officers Association, forgery and false personation.

The DA's office says the alleged crimes occurred between Jan. 1, 2009 and June 30, 2019.

Torres of Santa Maria also faces charges related to failure to file an income tax return between 2009 and 2011 and filing a false income tax return for tax years from 2012 to 2019, according to a press release from the DA's office.

Prosecutors add that an aggravated white-collar crime enhancement will also be included since the felony conduct allegedly included the taking of more than $500,000.

Torres was arrested Wednesday on a $500,000 arrest warrant and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail.

He is set to be arraigned Friday morning in Santa Barbara County Superior Court.