Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date August 6, 2004
Contact Sergeant Leon Phillips
Phone (951) 320-8005
Fax (951) 320-8043


Employee Arrested for Embezzlement

Riverside, Ca-  Detectives from the Riverside Police Department investigated a reported embezzlement of funds from the Southern California Orthopedic Specialists in Riverside.  The Office Manager was suspected of embezzling more than $500,000 from the firm beginning in 1995.  She has been employed there since 1980.  Detective Paul de Jong of the Riverside Police Department Economic Crime Unit was the Case Agent of the investigation. 

De Jong obtained a warrant for the suspectís arrest and attempted service at her place of residence.  She was not home at the time but family members agreed to arrange for her surrender.  Lisa Gabriella Padilla, 46 of Riverside, was arrested several hours later when she turned herself in to Detective de Jong.  She was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside.