On September 23, 2019, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Ag Unit responded to a call for someone embezzling money from Best Agri Marketing along Highway 99 in Traver.

The victim said the company’s Vice President of 19 years, Denise Franks, had embezzled more than $330,000.000 over the last four years. 

After a three-month investigation, the Ag Unit served a search warrant at Franks’ home on January 7. However, she was at her vacation home in Morro Bay at the time. With help from the Morro Bay Police Department, Franks was detained at the home in Morro Bay. TCSO Ag Detectives went to Morro Bay and arrested Franks for Embezzlement, Grand Theft and Identity Theft. She was taken back to Tulare County and booked into the Adult Pre-Trial Facility. Her bail is set at $75,000.00.

Anyone with more information is urged to contact Detective A. Ellis with the TCSO Ag Crimes Unit at 1-800-808-0488 or anonymously at tcso@tipnow.com or by text or voicemail at 559-725-4194.

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