The suspect, Neal Bentley Morton, was booked into Monterey County (Calif.) Jail on suspicion of 16 counts of forgery, embezzlement and grand theft totaling more than $33,000 from Tehama Golf Club, an invitation-only club that was founded in 1999 by the actor of “Dirty Harry” fame.
Neal Bentley Morton, 48, was arrested on February 15 for allegedly embezzling more than $30,000 from a Carmel, Calif., golf club founded by actor Clint Eastwood, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Morton, described only as a “manager” at Tehama Golf Club in numerous reports about his arrest, was booked into Monterey County (Calif.) Jail on suspicion of 16 counts of forgery, embezzlement and grand theft totaling $33,621, according to the Monterey County sheriff’s office, the Chronicle reported.
Staff at Tehama Golf Club did not return calls made by the Chronicle and other publications for comment.
The golf club, founded in 1999 by Eastwood, sits on a 2,000-acre property above Carmel and includes a golf course, restaurant, fitness center, clubhouse and gated residential area, with homes starting at $2.5 million, the Chronicle reported.
Many other publications from around the world picked up the arrest report and included references to Eastwood’s most famous character, “Dirty Harry,” in their write-ups about Morton.
The London (UK) Daily Mail noted in its report that membership at Tehama GC costs $500,000, but that exceptions to the membership rules have been made for a “certain group of longtime locals.”
Tehama’s course, designed by architect Jay Morrish, is 6,506 yards on land overlooking the Pacific Ocean, featuring “panoramic views from Point Lobos to Santa Cruz,” the Daily Mail noted.
Eastwood, 83, is an avid golfer who is a perennial attraction at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am tournament as well as other events. He was also recently in the news for performing the Heimlich maneuver during this year’s Pebble Beach tournament to save Tournament Director Steve John from a choking incident.
Eastwood served as the Mayor of Carmel, Calif. (also known as Carmel-by-the-Sea) from 1986 to 1988.