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Yvette Lara pleads not guilty on embezzlement charges

Posted at 3:58 PM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-07 19:08:45-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The former director of the United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce says she's not guilty of theft charges.

Yvette Lara was in court today to hear the formal charges against her.

She was arrested last month for embezzling from the Chamber Foundation while she ran it.

Lara is facing a second-degree felony and a third-degree felony of theft of property and two counts of misappropriation of fiduciary property.

Court documents show "Leadership Corpus Christi Alumni Association" accuses Lara of taking $40,000 for her own personal benefit including paying for concerts, hotels and groceries.

Lara helped manage the Leadership of Corpus Christi's funds.

She was also in charge of Lemonade Day Coastal Bend and Conquer the Coast.

Lara will be back in court on March 2 for a pretrial hearing.