This is an expanded version of a story that previously appeared online.
A former community college director stepped off the plane after returning home from an Australian vacation, and stepped into custody, care of San Mateo County.
Bradley Witham, who led the information technology (IT) division of the San Mateo County Community College District until his resignation, was arrested Oct. 25 for allegedly embezzling more than $350,000 from June 2006 through June 2012.
He and alleged co-conspirator Mark Anthony Bustos reportedly bought dozens of electronic items such as computers, hard drives and memory sticks online using the district's credit card, then sold the items via eBay and Craigslist, according to the District Attorney's Office. The pair allegedly also submitted fake reimbursement requests for iPhones and a bunk bed.
Mr. Witham pleaded not guilty in San Mateo County Superior Court on Oct. 26. Bail was set at $1 million.
Mr. Bustos has also pleaded not guilty. According to District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, the former IT technician allegedly hacked into the vice chancellor's email and alerted his vacationing partner in crime to the investigation. He remains out of custody on a $250,000 bond.