Comstock was the former volunteer treasurer for the non-profit organization ArtSplash. He'd been with ArtSplash since 2003. He'd also served as the City of Carlsbad Treasurer, but resigned in January 2013.
According to the city, an ArtSplash board member had identified a potential problem with the financial records of ArtSplash and brought the concern to the attention of City of Carlsbad Mayor Matthew Hall. "The records indicated potential accounting discrepancies."