Former Jack’s bookkeeper arrested for stealing from La Jolla nightclub

Before its closure in 2009, Jack's was a hotspot for La Jolla nightlife. Light file hoto

City News Service

A Loma Portal woman was behind bars Thursday and facing embezzlement and grand theft charges for allegedly stealing more than $3 million from a La Jolla nightclub where she worked as bookkeeper.

San Diego police arrested Tara Virginia Moore, 39, after serving a search warrant at her Plumosa Drive home Wednesday morning, according to SDPD economic-crimes Lt. James Filley.

Moore was identified as a suspect in the case during a year-long investigation into the extensive monetary losses at Jack’s La Jolla, a high-end restaurant-bar that closed two years ago “as a direct result of this theft,” Filley said.

In the suspect’s home, where she lives with her Navy physician husband and three young children, detectives seized more than $400,000 worth of antiques, furniture, paintings, exotic Italian silk curtains and other items allegedly bought with the embezzled funds, the lieutenant said.

At the time of the closure, owner Bill Berkley there “some improprieties” that contributed to the closure but he would not comment further on the exact nature of the issues.

“Jack’s was profitable up until the end,” said Berkley, noting other contributing factors led him to shut his three restaurants down.
Moore was employed as account for the multi-story Girard Avenue nightspot for about four years, starting in 2005.

Most of the missing money remains unaccounted for, according to Filley.

“There’s millions that we haven’t found,” he said.

Moore was being held at Las Colinas women’s jail in Santee on $2.5 million bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Friday afternoon.

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