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Two locals charged with embezzling thousands of dollars from the Needles Sand Shark Swim Team

November 21, 2019

NEEDLES, Calif – On Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 8:00 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Needles Police responded to a theft call on the 1700 block of J Street in Needles. Deputies received information the Needles Sand Sharks Swim Team was missing approximately $30,000.

After compiling six years of bank records, coupled with interviews, it was determined John Lusk (age 44 of Needles) and Janay Lusk (age 41 of Needles), who were entrusted with the Sand Sharks bank account since 2013, had misused the account for personal gain. Records show the Sand Sharks bank account was used by the Lusk's to purchase personal item s in excess of $50,000, not related to the swim team.

The case was submitted to the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office for review. On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, the District Attorney's Office filed felony embezzlement charges against John and Janay Lusk. Felony arrest warrants were issued for both Lusks.

On Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at 11:14 a.m., Detective Abell & Detective Preston made contact with John Lusk on the 1200 block of Safari Drive, Needles, where he was arrested for Embezzlement. John Lusk was taken into custody and transported to the Colorado River Station for booking. John Lusk is being held on $60,000 bail pending a court hearing. Detectives attempted to locate Janay Lusk but were informed she appeared at the San Bernardino Superior Court in Victorville, California with her attorney early Wednesday morning. Court records show Janay Lusk was arraigned and has a pending court hearing in January 20.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective Brandon Abell at the Colorado River station at (760)326-9200.

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