Oakland parks official arrested for embezzlement

The Associated Press
Monday October 23, 2000

OAKLAND — Oakland police have arrested an administrator with the city’s Office of Parks and Recreation on suspicion of embezzling more than $12,000 to pay for school supplies and a trip to the Virgin Islands. 

Lenora Hameed, 44, is the first employee of the office to be arrested as a result of a three-month police probe of the department. 

Hameed was arrested Friday morning as she left the Alhambra Academy School of Science and World Cultures, a school she co-founded. 

She was arrested on a $30,000 warrant charging her with two felony counts of embezzlement of public funds. 

Police believe the alleged embezzlement took place over the past year. 

Hameed has worked at the parks department since 1989. She has been on administrative leave from her position as administrative services manager since shortly before the new head took over the department in May.