Former KemperSports golf course employee arrested

CARLSBAD — On Tuesday, Carlsbad Police arrested Dawn Snow, 52, of Murrieta, a former employee of KemperSports, on charges involving the misuse of public funds at The Crossings at Carlsbad, the city-owned golf course.

The charges include multiple counts of burglary, grand theft and embezzlement totaling in excess of $595,000 during Snow’s seven-year tenure as Kemper’s controller at The Crossings golf course. Snow left her position at KemperSports in August 2014.

“We take any possible misuse of public funds by a city contractor very seriously,” said Interim City Manager Kathy Dodson. “The Police Department has conducted a thorough investigation, and now the case has been turned over to the district attorney’s office for prosecution, which we will fully support.”

KemperSports has handled all golf course operations and management through a competitively bid contract with the City of Carlsbad since the course opened in 2007. KemperSports managers notified City of Carlsbad staff in October 2014 about possible misuse of a company credit card by the former controller. Following an internal investigation conducted by KemperSports, the company reported its findings, which included the possible theft of public funds, to the City of Carlsbad Police Department on Nov. 26, 2014.

“This appears to be a case of one, long term employee who abused her company’s trust,” said Dodson. “Nonetheless, we will be conducting a thorough internal review of our management protocols to ensure city contractors are held to the very highest standards when it comes to financial controls and oversight of city funds.”

Upon learning of the alleged misuse of public funds, the City of Carlsbad immediately initiated its own independent audit of golf course finances dating back to 2007. The findings from this audit were provided to the District Attorney’s Office to assist in the prosecution.

KemperSports has committed to reimburse the city for all losses suffered by the city as a result of these crimes, said Dodson.

Snow was booked into the Vista Detention Facility Tuesday morning. The case will now be handled by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. Arraignment is scheduled for June 24 at 1:30 p.m. in Department 14 of the Vista Courthouse.

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