February 7, 2023
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Former Cottage Hospital supervisor charged with embezzling


A former Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital employee was charged with embezzling more than $200,000 from the hospital’s unincorporated Medical Staff Association, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney announced on Oct. 14.

Cottage’s former Medical Staff Services Supervisor Pamela Cochran-Escalante is charged with one count of grand theft with the special allegation that she took more than $200,000, one count of forgery of signatures and one count of forgery or alteration of entries in a general ledger.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Brian Cota is the lead prosecutor.

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