Jose Oliva

The former chairman of the Los Angeles Mission College Foundation, Jose Luis Oliva, 37, was arrested on Oct.7 and accused of stealing nearly $10,000 from the charitable fund. He has been charged with one count of grand theft and forgery. 

The L.A. District Attorney’s office alleges that Oliva, a former Mission College student body president and treasurer, wrote checks from the foundation made out to “cash,” and then deposited the funds into his personal account.

The transactions occurred between June 2012 and January 2013. A total of three checks were written in this fashion totaling $9,956.

On one of the checks, Oliva is alleged to have forged the signature of another foundation member.

In a memo sent to the Mission College faculty, and obtained by the  San Fernando Valley Sun/El Sol, college President Monte Perez wrote: 

The College has been cooperating with the Los Angeles City District Attorney’s Office in the ongoing investigation since its inception. Since Mr. Oliva’s departure in January 2013, the LAMC Foundation has been audited by internal and external auditors, revised its policies and procedures, and has instituted new processes to ensure that all funds received and disbursed go through rigorous scrutiny. 

Perez’s memo urged support for the foundation and said the Mission College Board of Directors, which is responsible for overseeing the foundation, has elected new members.

The case is being investigated by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.

Oliva is scheduled for arraignment on Nov. 12., at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles.  He is currently free on $20,000 bail. If convicted, Oliva faces up to three years in jail.