WATSONVILLE -- Police are investigating allegations that a Live Oak man stole about $500,000 from a San Jose company while handling the company's payroll.
Police recently started investigating allegations against Jason Haas, 34, after Royal Coach Tours claimed he stole the money while processing payroll from March 22 to Sept. 7, Sgt. Saul Gonzalez said.
"The claim is that he didn't pay the (payroll) taxes and pocketed the money," Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez said the investigation is young and ongoing. Haas has not been arrested.
It is not the first time Watsonville detectives have handled an investigation into his business dealings, though, and they got involved because Haas formerly had an office on Rio Del Pajaro Court in Watsonville, he said.
Last year, Haas was accused of embezzling about $30,000 from A Bite of Wyoming restaurant in San Jose, Gonzalez said.
The District Attorney's Office said those charges are pending and that Haas has a court date Oct. 17 to possibly schedule a preliminary hearing or resolve the case. He is being represented by public defender Jon Minsloff, prosecutor Rebekah Young said.Young said she was unsure whether the service he provides requires a license.
On a website for Payroll Management Group, Haas is listed as a sales manager for the San Jose area.
The site states that Payroll Management Group provides payroll serves for small businesses in the San Jose, Santa Cruz and Monterey areas.
Haas, reached by phone at a number listed on the website, declined to comment.