February 27, 2021



Former Sheriff’s Activities League director arrested on suspicion of embezzlement

REDWOOD CITY – The former executive director of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Activities League has been arrested on suspicion of embezzling $ 25,000 from the nonprofit organization, authorities said.

On Friday, Barbara Bonilla, who also worked for the sheriff’s office, was booked into county jail on seven counts of grand theft, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. Her bail was set at $ 70,000.

The sheriff’s office said a bookkeeper for the Sheriff’s Activities League, or SAL, noticed some discrepancies while reviewing financial records in January. Bonilla was placed on administrative leave on Feb. 10 and the California Attorney General’s Office was brought in to conduct a criminal investigation, the sheriff’s office said.

The investigation determined roughly $ 25,000 was missing, the sheriff’s office said.

“SAL and its entire staff was shocked and saddened to learn of the allegations,” said Sheriff Carlos Bolanos in a statement. “We are committed to providing service to our community and building positive relationships with our youth. We will continue to move forward with SAL for the impactful work the program does in our community. ”

The sheriff’s office said Bonilla resigned from her position with the sheriff’s office in May and is no longer affiliated with SAL.