Who Are the Pasadena Embezzlement Suspects Danny Wooten, Melody Jenkins, Tyrone Collins?

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Who Are the Pasadena Embezzlement Suspects Danny Wooten, Melody Jenkins, Tyrone Collins?


Favot, Sarah, Pasadena Star-News


Los Angeles County District Attorney's investigators Tuesday arrested a former Pasadena city employee and two other people suspected of using a City Hall slush fund to embezzle more than $6 million in taxpayer dollars over a decade. The following is a breakdown of the three people arrested.

Danny Ray Wooten, 51

Worked as a management analyst in Pasadena's Department of Public Works. He was fired in July for a personnel matter unrelated to the investigation. He worked for the city for 12 years and earned a $131,000 salary in 2013. He is a senior pastor at the New Covenant Christian Fellowship Church in Pomona and is also associated with the Southern California Evangelist Jurisdiction Center on East Villa Street in Pasadena. He oversaw the city's project to bring utility lines underground. There was a slush fund associated with that project from which Wooten had authority to authorize payments. City officials and prosecutors said Wooten allegedly embezzled $6.4 million from that account over 11 years. The funds are revenues from Pasadena Water and Power electricity customers who pay a surcharge that averages about $30 a year per resident.

Melody Jenkins, 46

Worked as Wooten's personal assistant in 2008 in the Department of Public Works. …

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