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James Cram, former CFO for Hennessy's Tavern, was arrested on 19 felony counts. He is suspected of embezzling nearly $1.15 million from the company. Courtesy photo
James Cram, former CFO for Hennessy's Tavern, was arrested on 19 felony counts. He is suspected of embezzling nearly $1.15 million from the company. Courtesy photo
Former Hennessey’s CFO arrested for alleged embezzlement

Redondo Beach police detectives arrested former Hennessey’s CFO James Cram, 54, from his Rancho Palos Verdes home on Oct. 6 on 19 felony counts, including suspected grand theft, money laundering and tax evasion from Hennessey’s Tavern Inc., a pub-style restaurant with 10 locations in Southern California including La Jolla, Pacific Beach and San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter.

Cram worked for Hennessey’s Tavern Inc. as the company’s CFO from 2006 to 2010.

After Cram left the position, an audit on the company revealed discrepancies in the books, leading owner Paul Hennessey to alert authorities.

Redondo police Sgt. Shawn Freeman said the yearlong investigation led police to believe Cram was signing checks in Paul Hennesesy’s name during the course of his employment. He is suspected of embezzling nearly $1.15 million from the company and its owners during that time.

He is currently being held at the Redondo Beach Police Department on $500,000 bail.

LunaFest Film Festival screens women’s issues at MCASD

The 11th annual LunaFest fundraising film festival tour is set to hit La Jolla on Oct. 14 to showcase short films by, for and about women at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla.

The unique film festival raises awareness about women’s issues and highlights the talents of women filmmakers to benefit the Breast Cancer Fund, an organization advocating the elimination of environmental and preventable causes of breast cancer, and the Junior League of San Diego, an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing women’s potential and improving the community.

The festival will begin at 6 p.m. with a wine reception and silent auction, followed by the showing of nine short films at 8 p.m.

The short films range in genre from animation to fictional drama, but all shed light on important topics for women including women’s health, motherhood, body issues, aging, cultural diversity and breaking barriers.

LunaFest has traveled to more than 150 cities and raised more than $456,000 for the Breast Cancer Fund and more than $785,000 for other women’s nonprofit organizations.

General admission tickets are $40, which includes a Luna gift pack, pre-show wine reception and film showing. VIP tickets are $65 and include valet parking, a VIP swag bag, pre-show wine reception and preferred theater seating. Students with ID are $20 and a “girlfriends 4-pack” of general admission tickets is $140.

The Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla is located at 700 Prospect St. For more information, visit or call (760) 274-3915.

Parents: take advantage of free education with ‘Kids Free in October’

The San Diego Museum Council is helping families celebrate Arts and Humanities month by offering free admission for children 12 and under with a paid adult ticket at 24 museums in San Diego County during the entire month of October.

“The collaboration of member museums of the San Diego Museum Council allow us to create programs that bring us closer to residents and tourists,” said Danielle Susalla, director of exhibits and communication at Oceanside Museum of Art and marketing committee lead for San Diego Museum Council. “We’re expecting to see a bump in families heading to museums to check out a new or favorite exhibit.”

Participating museums include Birch Aquarium, La Jolla Historical Society and the Museum of Contemporary Art, among many more.

The offer is limited to two children per paid adult admission and does not apply for special events or field trips.

To participate, download the coupon available on the San Diego Museum Council’s website,, and present it at the museum.
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