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News Release

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Media Relations

Grand Theft Suspect Arrested NR19069ti

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department's Commercial Crimes Division, Complex Financial Crimes Section announce the arrest of 52- year-old Edward Rostohar, a resident of Studio City for grand theft.

While employed as a manager for a financial institution in Los Angeles, Rostohar forged numerous company checks made payable to himself. Rostohar then deposited the checks into several of his bank accounts and later withdrew the money in cash. The total amount of the checks is estimated to be in the millions. The financial institution is in the process of conducting a forensic audit and estimates the loss to be substantially higher. The bail was set at $120,000.00 and his next court appearance is scheduled for April 5, 2019.

(Recovered from Suspect's residence)

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Commercial Crimes Division Detectives Oscar Garza and Michelle Esquivel at (213) 486-6630. During off-hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.