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9/24/2013 6:00:00 AM
Blythe woman charged with embezzlement
Christina Bustamante, 36, is facing charges that she pocketed over $7,000 in premium payments from more than 20 customers at the Farmers Insurance office where she worked.
Christina Bustamante, 36, is facing charges that she pocketed over $7,000 in premium payments from more than 20 customers at the Farmers Insurance office where she worked.
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BLYTHE - Christina Bustamante, 36, is facing charges that she pocketed over $7,000 in premium payments from more than 20 customers at the Farmers Insurance office where she worked.

Police arrested Bustamante Sept. 4, culminating an investigation that began May 6 when the insurance agency reported the thefts. Detectives said the insurance agency did not learn of the thefts until after Bustamante had left the company and policyholders began calling to complain about delinquency notices.

Detectives said Bustamante had collected premiums from more than 20 different customers and pocketed the money. Customers who complained about delinquency notices said they had given the money for their premiums to Bustamante,

The Riverside County District Attorney's Investigations Bureau arrested Bustamante and booked her into the Riverside County Jail on suspicion of embezzlement, asking that the D.A. file charges.

Bustamante is currently out on bail.




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Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013
Article comment by: Small Town Girl NOT Small Minded

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Posted: Monday, September 30, 2013
Article comment by: @go out of town for our needs?

I'd love to see where you get your statistics from...last i checked there was a lot more than 25 businesses in town.

Posted: Monday, September 30, 2013
Article comment by: Warren Keith

It is important to note that any customer with a proof of payment receipt who received a notice of cancellation was credited with their payment by Farmers Insurance. (deleted) When the thefts were discovered, proper action was taken.

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Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Article comment by: Irene Esquibel

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Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Article comment by: Go out of town for our needs? .

When you live in a city with 1000 businesses and there's 5 that are criminal it's not too surprising. But, when you have a town with 25 businesses and 15 of them are ripping off their customers then the odds of spending your hard earned money there comes into question. Between insurance companies and medical practices and a (deleted)owned supply store I've been taken to the cleaners just too many times! Of course I'm going to support this trustworthy little town with my hard earned money....NOT!!!!

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Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Article comment by: chris scar

crazy that all that put on the employee when the (deleted) was crooked as can be

Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Article comment by: OH MY

Are you in good hands.

Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Article comment by: @go out of town for our needs?

you think that Blythe is the only place embezzlement happens? wow. Still plenty of businesses that are ran right. Its great how people gripe about our town....NOT!

Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Article comment by: Farmers Customer .......

Thank God my payments are made direct from bank. Isn't this the 4th or 5th (or more) person(s) in this town to embezzle from our local companies? (deleted).

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Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Article comment by: Go out of town for our needs? .

I just can't figure out why there are so many complaints/requests for everyone to keep their business in Blythe. "Why go out of town? We need to support our little town of Blythe" Well,,,,,I just can't figure it out. Why go elsewhere?

Signed, Confused...NOT!!!!


Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Article comment by: Insurance customer

We are FARMERS, BUM BU BU BUM BUM BUM BUM!



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