Former Oroville Mayor sentenced to jail in embezzlement case

Oct 23, 2015 3:03 PM by News Staff

A former Oroville Mayor and certified public accountant has been sentenced to 180 days in jail for embezzling more than $400,000, the Butte County District Attorney’s office announced Friday.

Dennis D. Diver, 68, was convicted in August of two counts of grand theft by embezzlement. On Wednesday he was sentenced to three years of probation with 180 days in the Butte County Jail.

Prosecutors say Diver stole $411,700 from a local service club, three trusts and one estate. All of the accounts were managed by Diver through his Oroville accounting firm.

In addition to probation and jail time, Diver was ordered to pay restitution to two remaining victims in the amount of $228,700. The judge credited Diver with $183,000 that he had already paid victims prior to his sentencing.

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey says the California Board of Accountancy, a division of the Department of Consumer Affairs, has been alerted and is expected to take action against Diver’s CPA license.

In the past, Diver was frequently used as a certified fraud expert by both defense attorneys and the District Attorney’s Office in past embezzlement cases.


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