Former CEO of Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce pleads not guilty to embezzlement charge

The former head of the Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce pleaded not guilty today to accusations that she used chamber credit cards to purchase more than $5,000 in personal items.

Rebecca McMurry pleaded not guilty to one felony count of grand theft by embezzlement and is scheduled to be back in court Feb. 24 for a pre-preliminary hearing.

She allegedly made $5,248.97 in credit card payments for personal expenses between Dec. 7, 2005, and Aug. 30, 2008, while working for the chamber, according to court records.

McMurry started working for the chamber in 2002 as an event coordinator and served as its chief executive officer from 2004 until last May, when she submitted her resignation, saying she decided to move back to Washington state to care for her mother. She could not be reached for comment this evening.

In an earlier interview, Pismo Beach police Sgt. Steve Weir said that an investigation was opened Oct. 7 after chamber officials provided police with a specific piece of information, though he would not elaborate on its contents at the time. He could not be reached for comment today.