Member of Ventura County Water Board Pleads Guilty in Water Theft Scheme

The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday that Daniel Conklin Naumann, an elected member of the United Water Conservation District, has pleaded guilty to felony water theft. 

Between 2019 and 2021, Naumann stole $30,000 worth of water for his own farm, Naumann Family Farms, in Oxnard. According to the DA, he used “diversion bypasses [that] were installed on two commercial water pumps that irrigated Naumann’s crops.” 

Naumann was initially charged with six felony charges. The DA agreed to drop the other five charges in exchange for the single guilty plea. He is expected to receive a 30-day jail sentence when sentencing is handed down in May. He will also have to pay for the water that was stolen. 

Naumann is no longer serving on the water board. 



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