photo courtesy of the Hermosa Beach Police Department
Photo courtesy of the Hermosa Beach Police Department

A woman was arrested on suspicion of embezzling about $50,000 from both an Episcopal church and a Jewish temple in Hermosa Beach that had employed her as an office administrator since 2008, police have announced.

Celina Maldonado, 36, of Los Angeles, was out on bail Wednesday after being arrested Monday, according to Hermosa Beach police Sgt. Mick Gaglia.

The staff at Temple Shalom, which rents space from St. Cross Episcopal Church at 1818 Monterey Blvd., reported several weeks ago that several checks were missing, Gaglia said.

“Detectives, along with bank investigators, determined Maldonado had been depositing checks from the temple and St. Cross Church into her personal bank account,” the sergeant alleged. “The checks were payable to the temple and church and totaled approximately $50,000.”

Anyone with additional information about the case was urged to contact Hermosa Beach police Detective Dean Garkow at (310) 318-0348 or

–City News Service

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