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Former Cottage Hospital worker faces embezzlement charges

A former Medical Staff Services Supervisor at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is facing embezzlement charges.

Pamela Cochran-Escalante was arraigned in Santa Barbara Superior Court on Friday. The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office is charging Cochran-Escalante with one count of grand theft with the special allegation that she took over $200,000, one count of forgery of signatures, and one count of forgery or alteration of entries in a general ledger.

It’s alleged that Cochran-Escalante stole the $200,000 from the Medical Staff Association of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

The case will be prosecuted by Senior Deputy District Attorney Brian Cota.

We will update this story when new information becomes available.

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