Police say Ribeiro was using his home computer to take money from the city's "general warrant" account to fund
The transactions were discovered during the city finance department's monthly reconciliation of accounts. Police have advised the city to look at all city accounts for other suspicious transactions in the wake of the discovery.
It's unclear how Ribeiro obtained the city's account information.
There is generally just one "automated clearinghouse," or ACH, transaction each month from that account,
But the unusual transactions went unnoticed for weeks, partly due to the change in administration and at
Richardson met with city treasurer
Richardson worked with investigators from
They learned that he had picked up 19
"It is a priority that we recover 100 percent of the taxpayers' money and that anyone who steals from the city be prosecuted to the full extent of the law," said Cahill, who went on to praise the diligence of both the city employees and police department in discovering and solving the crime.
While the investigation was ongoing, police discovered that Ribeiro was wanted on eight warrants in various courts around the state and took him into custody on those warrants last month.
Police are also conducting a forensic evaluation of his computer and cellphones.
Ribeiro, who could face indictment in the case because of the amount of money involved, is due back in court
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