Needles, CA: Two people have been charged with embezzling thousands of dollars from Needles Sand Shark Swim Team.

Needles, CA: Two people have been charged with embezzling thousands of dollars from Needles Sand Shark Swim Team.

At 8:00 p.m. PT on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 , deputies responded to a theft call on the 1700 block of J Street in Needles, California.

Deputies received information the Needles Sand Sharks Swim Team was missing approximately $30,000.

After compiling six years of bank records, coupled with interviews, it was determined two people, identified by authorities as 44 years old John Paul Lusk and 41 years old Janay Monique Lusk, both from Needles, California, who were entrusted with the Sand Sharks bank account since 2013, had misused the account for personal gain.

Records show the Sand Sharks bank account was used by the Lusk’s to purchase personal items in excess of $50,000, not related to the swim team.

The case was submitted to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office for review.

On Tuesday, November 19th, 2019, the District Attorney’s Office filed felony embezzlement charges against John and Janay Lusk.

Felony arrest warrants were issued for both John and Janay Lusk.

At 11:14 a.m. PT on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019, Detective Abell and Detective Preston made contact with John Lusk on the 1200 block of Safari Drive in Needles, California, where he was arrested for Embezzlement.

John Lusk was taken into custody and transported to the Colorado River Station for booking.

John Lusk is being held on $60,000. bail, pending a court hearing.

Detectives attempted to locate Janay Lusk but were informed she appeared at the San Bernardino Superior Court in Victorville, California with her attorney early Wednesday morning.

Court records show Janay Lusk was arraigned and has a pending court hearing in January 2020.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective Brandon Abell at the Colorado River station at (760)326-9200.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

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**** Please Note: This press release was released publicly by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station. ****

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