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    Tai Sunnanon Gets One Count Felony Embezzlement Conviction

    Former West Hollywood Public Facilities Commissioner Tai Steven Sunnanon, also known as Tai Esteban Sunnanon, has been convicted of a felony of embezzling $56,860.73 from the Independent Cities Association (ICA), a nonprofit where Sunnanon served as the Executive Director from August 2018 to September 2019. Sunnanon, who currently runs a life coaching business and is in the US Air Force reserves, pleaded no contest at a court plea hearing on Friday, January 19, 2024, at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Courts Building in downtown Los Angeles.

    Nils Nehrenheim, the Past President of ICA, informed WEHO TIMES that Sunnanon was convicted of one count of embezzlement. The plea deal with the District Attorney’s office includes the following terms:

    1. Pay full restitution to ICA, totaling $56,860.73. (ICA couldn’t recover the 10% interest owed to them).
    2. 25 days or 200 hours of community service.
    3. Two years of probation.
    4. $2,500 court restitution.
    5. Relinquishment of firearms at a court hearing scheduled for February 2, 2024.

    Nehrenheim attended the hearing on behalf of ICA and mentioned that it was brief, lasting about 10 minutes. He received a cashier’s check for the entire amount from Sunnanon’s lawyers. While Nehrenheim believes Sunnanon still owes 10% interest, it was waived in the plea deal.

    Nils Nehrenheim, the Past President of ICA, holding a check for $56,860.73.

    ICA, in a press release in the summer of 2022, stated that the embezzlement occurred between March 5 and Nov. 21, 2019. Sunnanon redirected transactions to his personal JPMorgan Chase bank account, and despite requests for reimbursement in 2019 and 2020, the funds were not returned. A Sheriff’s report was filed, leading to Sunnanon’s conviction.

    According to Nehrenheim, Sunnanon showed no remorse during the recent hearing. “He didn’t express any remorse at all,” Nehrenheim stated. “He was writing down on a notepad the entire time, and the judge had to remand him, telling him to pay attention. When asked if he understood, all Tai said was that he was going to agree to the terms.”

    ICA plans to issue a press statement detailing their former Executive Director’s recent conviction. Nehrenheim emphasized the importance of informing the public about Sunnanon’s felony, especially as he holds positions in Democratic boards and commissions and serves in the Air Force reserves.

    Nehremneim said that ICA is satisfied that this case is finally resolved. “It’s been a long time and a lot of work and effort,” he said. “He’s caused a lot of pain and suffering to us. He’s broken a lot of trusts. We had to rebuild that. We’re excited to get our money back and move on.”

    “One thing I want to add is that we take our memberships, money, and our members very seriously,” he added. “We’re all elected officials. We are very watchful of unscrupulous activity that’s happening. We’re watching like hawks and we’re glad this is all done, and we can move on from here.”

    Sunnanon’s term on the West Hollywood Public Facilities Commission expired on Feb. 28, 2021, along with all other city commissioners and advisory board members as part of the appointment process every two years.

    As of this writing, Tai Steven Sunnanon serves as an elected official in the Executive Board of the California Democratic Party Veterans Caucus, listed as Vice Chair. Additionally, he is the National Chairman of the Department of the Air Force Company Grade Officers’ Council.

    ICA is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, public benefit corporation created in 1960. It is made up of 41 member cities in the Southern California area. The organization focuses on public safety, education, legislative advocacy, intergovernmental relationships, and other major issues that transcend the boundaries of its member cities. ICA holds two Annual Seminars bringing together city council members, other city officials, and business partners for the purpose of collaboration, networking, and knowledge exchange. The Winter Seminar (held in January) addresses public safety and the Summer Seminar (held in June)
    focuses on contemporary issues.

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    Paulo Murillo
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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    Air Force NCO
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    2 months ago

    Send this to [email protected]

    John Q Public
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    Sent this article to JohnQPublicBlog.com

    Jimmy palmieri
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    2 months ago

    Oh dear…

    voter
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    2 months ago

    I met this arrogant conman several times at an events sponsored by Abbe Land. I’ve never seen a person brag so much about how much good they were doing for other people–while robbing them blind.

    John Cleese
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    2 months ago

    There must be other cons he’s run and other victims. I hope this is that start of several convictions and that he receives an Other Than Honorable Discharge.

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