Gerald Max Beamesderfer
SAN JACINTO – Following a long investigation, authorities served search warrants that netted enough evidence for the arrest of man believed to have been stealing funds from his synagogue.
On December 13, 2013, Investigators received information from a local synagogue, which is currently unnamed by authorities that it suspected one of its members had been embezzling funds. The Synagogue Elders reported over $250,000.00 was missing and unaccounted for from their account. They believed a member of the synagogue, who was also its sole financial officer, was responsible for the missing funds.
After a year-long intensive investigation into the reported crimes, several search warrants for records were obtained. According to a press release from the Riverside Sheriff’s Department, on February 10, 2016, around 9:00 A.M., San Jacinto Police Investigators and Hemet Sheriff’s Investigators served a search warrant in the 1200 block of Bishop Drive, Hemet.
After serving these search warrants and investigating, there was $133,000.00 unaccounted for.
Around 11:00 A.M. another search warrant was served by Investigators in the 300 block of Lyon Avenue, Hemet. Investigators recovered property, most of which was construction equipment which was reportedly related to the embezzlement investigation.
Gerald Max Beamesderfer Jr, 64 years old of Hemet was arrested for embezzlement in excess of $100,000.00. He was booked into the Southwest Detention Center for the related offense.
This investigation is still ongoing and the Riverside Sheriff’s Department requests that anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to call Investigator Grassell at (951) 791-3400.