Patterson man accused of embezzlement

A top manager at Westside Hulling Association has been accused of cheating his company.

Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies arrested Randal Alfred Burtis, 47, of Patterson on Dec. 26. He is accused of committing five felonies stemming from his association with the 41-year-old company on East Frank Cox Road in Westley.

A dollar value for the alleged losses was unavailable, because the investigation is ongoing.

"They're trying to go through all the numbers to figure out how long this guy has been skimming," said Deputy Royjindar Singh, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Department.

Burtis is free on $25,000 bail. He is accused of the unauthorized use of personal identifying information, second-degree burglary, impersonation, embezzlement and altering entries in books or records.

The district attorney's office is evaluating the case but has not filed charges, Assistant District Attorney Carol Shipley said.

Burtis is listed as the registered agent of Westside Hulling Association on corporate records filed with the California Secretary of State, while Greg Nunes, a rancher and real estate broker in Patterson, is listed as company president.

Burtis could not be reached for comment.

Nunes declined to discuss the matter. "I can't comment on anything at this point," he said.