Ray Wood

Ray Wood, the retired Hollister police sergeant accused of embezzling more than $100,000 from the officers’ union, is set for his next court hearing next week.
Wood, who has pleaded not guilty, has the preliminary setting scheduled for 4 p.m. Dec. 15 in room 101 before Judge Steven Sanders. He previously had preliminary setting hearings continued, most recently Nov. 10.
At the hearing, a judge would schedule a preliminary examination where the judge can decide if there is enough evidence for a trial.
Wood, 53, is the retired Hollister police sergeant and 2010 candidate for sheriff charged with a felony on suspicion of embezzling about $102,000 – during a period of more than six years starting in March 2004 – from the department’s union of which he was president during that time.
In August, Wood was charged, booked into the county jail and released on $60,000 bail.
The state attorney general’s office filed the grand theft charge to coincide with an arrest warrant. It followed a five-month probe conducted by an appointed investigator from the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.
Outside investigator Terrence Simpson reported the suspected embezzlement occurred between the start of March 2004 and the end of December 2010, when Wood retired from the Hollister Police Department after more than 25 years and handed over union duties he had held the prior 14 years.
The criminal complaint alleged that Wood withdrew portions of deposits in cash and used the police union checking account to fund activities unrelated to the organization.

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