Former medical employee suspected of embezzlement


47-year-old Leanne Mote. Photo provided by CPD. Photo credit: Angelina Mendez

In August, the Chico Police Department was contacted regarding a substantial embezzlement case with involvement of an ex-employee who worked at a local medical practice, according to a news release.

The suspect was identified as 47-year-old Leannae Mote, more commonly known as Leanne Hill. During the last few months, detectives obtained and served multiple search warrants to further locate and gather more evidence to prove the embezzlement.

Additionally, detectives were also able to compare credit card transactions made by Mote with information obtained from her social media accounts.

A few of these transactions were concert tickets, airline tickets and trips that corresponded with updates, and photos at the locations that Mote posted on her social media account.

After a three-month investigation, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Mote. Mote was arrested and booked in the city of Helmet, CA. Mote posted bail and was released.

More evidence has shown that over a 20-month period, Mote was the office manager at the local medical practice that is suspected of embezzling over $250,000.

Angelina Mendez can be reached at [email protected] or @theorion_angie on Twitter.