NEWS RELEASE

FROM:
David Tomkins, Assistant District Attorney   CONTACT PERSON: 
Stephen Lowney, Deputy District Attorney
Government Integrity Unit
(408) 792-2751   For release on November 16, 2006       BEN MENOR INDICTED ON THREE FELONY COUNTS   On November 16, 2006, Ben Menor, the former President of the non-profit Filipino-American Senior Opportunities Development Council (FilAm) was arraigned in Santa Clara County Superior Court on an indictment returned by the Santa Clara County Grand Jury.  The indictment charges Ben Menor of 3056 Knights Bridge Rd., San Jose, California with one felony count of California Corporations Code Section 6812 (False Statement of Operations) and two felony counts of California Penal Code Section 487 (Grand Theft/Embezzlement).  Menor, age 56, self-surrendered on November 15, 2006 and was released on $30,000 bail.   For years, FilAm received grants through the City of San Jose Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services Department (PRNS).  Count one of the indictment alleges  Mr. Menor, as part of the grant process, submitted to PRNS a fraudulently exaggerated report of his organization’s service hours.   Count two of the indictment alleges that Mr. Menor embezzled thousands of dollars from FilAm between May 16, 2003 and June 25, 2004 when he paid a FilAm employee with FilAm funds to provide full time in-home elder care to his own parents who were living in Mr. Menor’s home.   Count three alleges that Mr. Menor embezzled thousands of dollars from organizations which granted funds to FilAm to fund services to elderly Filipino-Americans.  Mr. Menor used over $14,000 of these funds to pay expenses related to a conference he hosted.   ### 

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