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Ex-Yolo County tourism chief pleads guilty to embezzling from office

Alan Humason pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony embezzlement of more than $50,000 from Visit Yolo during his time leading the office through June 2017.

Humason, 63, will be sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay back the $51,919.94 he took from the bureau as well as the $25,936.50 charge incurred auditing the department's financial information. Humason will also have to complete 120 hours of community service.

If Humason completes his probationary period and pays off his debts, he will be eligible to apply for the felony to be reduced to a misdemeanor.

Humason took money from Visit Yolo between February 2011 and April 2017, when he took a job as head of the Mendocino County Visitors Bureau. He took a leave of absence after the embezzlement charges were filed last month.

A forensic analyst found Humason had written checks from Visit Yolo’s accounts to himself, his son, Chase credit-card services and personal mortgage and tax payments, according to the Davis Enterprise.

Visit Yolo's $700,000 budget comes from Davis, Woodland and Winters. West Sacramento does not pay into the bureau and is not represented in its marketing.

Humason's sentencing is scheduled for April 16 at the Yolo County Superior Court.

Benjy Egel: (916) 321-1052, begel@sacbee.com

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