Ex-Compton Official Sentenced to Prison

Salvador Galvan, the former deputy treasurer of Compton, was sentenced to six and a half years in federal prison Friday for embezzling more than $3.7 million in taxpayer funds. His wife Rosa Maria, who was also involved in the scheme, received 800 hours of community service and will serve one year on house arrest.

Galvan’s theft occurred over a period of about six years, so it took some time before anyone noticed. He was stealing as little as $200 to as much as $8,000 a day in cash from City Hall. By the time a co-worker noticed and flagged the discrepancy, Galvan had amassed nearly $4 million.

Galvan and his wife pleaded guilty to the charges in July. Citing the quick guilty plea and subsequent cooperation, Assistant U.S. Attorney Dan O’Brien had asked for only a 46-month sentence for Galvan and 10 months home confinement for his wife. Galvan’s former boss, Compton Treasurer Douglas Sanders, said that wasn’t enough.

“It’s a betrayal of our city,” Sanders said. “It’s a betrayal of staff that looked up to Sal, and it’s a betrayal to me.”

U.S. District Judge Josephine L. Staton agreed and handed down the harsher sentence.


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