Town Of Moraga

Community Notice Regarding Alleged Embezzlement of MCF Funds – September 9, 2019

On Friday, September 6, 2019, the Moraga Police Department and Federal agents served search warrants at the home and business of F. Robert Fritzky in connection with an embezzlement investigation. Earlier, Board members of the Moraga Community Foundation (MCF) had alleged that Mr. Fritzky, who had served as MCF treasurer, had embezzled more than $220,000 from MCF’s accounts. Mr. Fritzky has been removed from the MCF Board of Directors and the Chamber of Commerce has begun the process of removing him as President and Board member. The Town was shocked to learn of MCF’s embezzlement accusations against Mr. Fritzky. Mayor Roger Wykle stated, “I am saddened for the losses incurred by the Moraga Community Foundation which impact the entire Moraga community. It is disheartening to hear that a civic leader might have betrayed the community’s trust in this fashion.”

The Town has cooperated with MCF on three campaigns for the community since MCF’s inception. In 2017, MCF conducted a fundraising campaign and provided funds to the Moraga Police Department for purchase and installation of the Town’s video surveillance system. The receipt of those funds were audited and accounted for during the Town’s annual independent audit. Recently, MCF proposed the donation of ADA compliant restrooms at Moraga Commons Park and began a fundraising campaign. To date, the Town has not received any funds from MCF related to this fundraising campaign. In March 2018, the Town entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Mr. Puri, the former owner of the Rheem Theatre, which contemplated a potential future acquisition of the Rheem Theatre by MCF or a similar organization. The MOU expired in March 2019 and no agreement or purchase was ever realized.

Although the Moraga Police Department initiated and is involved in the criminal investigation of this matter, it is now being led by the U.S. Department of Treasury. Given the ongoing criminal investigation the Town is unable to make any further comments at this time.

Anyone with information about the criminal investigation or related issues should contact Moraga Police Chief King at 925-888-7049 or king@moraga.ca.us.

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