Suspect allegedly arranged to have pumping units taken from Aera property


A Taft woman is facing grand theft and embezzlement charges for the alleged theft of pumping units from Aera Energy LLC.
Investigators from the Kern County Sheriff’s Rural Crimes Investigations Unit arrested Susan Marie Rubadeau on Oct. 8.

According to a news release, Rubadeau, a manger for SME Corporation, arranged for the pumping units to be removed from Aera property in the area and sold to a third party.

Investigators said the scheme was discovered when the pumping units were eventually sold back to Aera.
Rubadeau has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
She is due back in court on Dec. 14 for a readiness hearing.

She is currently free on $20,000 bail.