Fraud and Embezzlement Investigation and Arrest


On October 6, 2020, about 10:00 a.m., investigators and deputies assigned to the Southwest Station served a search warrant at a residence on the 600 block of Acacia St. in Lake Elsinore in relation to a check fraud and embezzlement investigation. Several evidence items were seized at the location. Nicole Begley was arrested at the residence for grand theft and embezzlement. Begley is a bookkeeper and is alleged to have embezzled between $10,000.00 and $20,000.00 from her previous employer. Begley was booked at the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center, with a bail set at $15,000.00.

The investigation is currently on-going and no further information will be released at this time. If anyone has information in regards to this incident or any other similar incidents they are encouraged to call Investigator Cornett at the Southwest Station at 951-696-3000.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s Crime Tip Online Form.

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.

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