Sacramento, California - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the arrest of Kevin Manz, 59, on felony charges of grand theft for embezzling money from multiple charitable organizations in the Sacramento area. According to the criminal complaint, filed today in Sacramento Superior Court, Manz illegally directed funds from Cathedral Pioneer Church Homes Inc., Cathedral Pioneer Church Homes Foundation, and the Pioneer Foundation to personal bank and business accounts and used the funds for personal expenses such as jewelry and cars.
“Preying on charities that benefit senior citizens is despicable behavior that will not be tolerated,” said Attorney General Harris. “My office will continue to prosecute those who embezzle and misuse charitable funds for personal gain. I thank the California Department of Justice Special Agents for their diligent investigative efforts in this case.”
Manz is a licensed attorney in Kansas who gained the trust of charity boards and church congregations in the Sacramento area. He convinced multiple charitable organizations, including foundations that provide housing for seniors, to allow him to manage their financial accounts. According to the criminal complaint, he then embezzled over $1 million from three charitable organizations.
The arrest came after a 5-month investigation by the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Investigation and the Tax Recovery and Criminal Enforcement Task Force. The case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Financial Fraud and Special Prosecutions Section.