A Lassen County woman has been apprehended on charges of embezzlement and theft amounting to thousands of dollars during her employment in Sierra County.
Brandie Purvis, a former employee of Sierra County Behavioral Health, is alleged to have exploited a vulnerable client for personal financial gain by abusing her position within the county.
An investigation into these allegations has been ongoing since April, led by deputies from the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office. This investigation ultimately unveiled Purvis’s misuse of authority.
According to the sheriff’s office, during the course of their inquiry, deputies uncovered compelling evidence indicating that she abused her authority to carry out a series of fraudulent activities. These allegations include unauthorized access to the victim’s banking cards, resulting in substantial unauthorized purchases totaling thousands of dollars in merchandise, all of which were delivered to her residence.
On September 6th, deputies from the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office executed an arrest warrant and conducted a search at Brandi Purvis’ residence. This operation successfully yielded evidence of the crimes and the recovery of numerous items acquired using the victim’s stolen financial information.
Brandi Purvis was taken into custody and subsequently transported to Plumas County Jail.
If you possess any information relevant to this incident, we encourage you to contact the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 289-3700.