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Former Mission College Foundation Chairman Arrested

The former chairman of the Los Angeles Mission College Foundation has been arrested and charged with stealing nearly $10,000 from the charity. Jose Luis Oliva, 37, was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count of grand theft and forgery. He is free on $20,000 bail. The foundation raises money for Los Angeles Mission College in Sylmar. The L.A. District Attorney’s Office alleges that between June 2012 and January 2013 Oliva, then chairman of the foundation, wrote three checks to “cash” and deposited them in his account. The checks totaled $9,956. On one of the checks, Oliva forged the signature of another foundation member, prosecutors allege. Oliva is scheduled for arraignment Nov. 12. If convicted, he faces up to three years in jail. The case was investigated by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. Oliva could not be reached for immediate comment.

Joel Russel
Joel Russel
Joel Russell joined the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2006 as a reporter. He transferred to sister publication San Fernando Valley Business Journal in 2012 as managing editor. Since he assumed the position of editor in 2015, the Business Journal has been recognized four times as the best small-circulation tabloid business publication in the country by the Alliance of Area Business Publishers. Previously, he worked as senior editor at Hispanic Business magazine and editor of Business Mexico.

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