A California woman has been accused of using her employee credit card to make unauthorized purchases for more than four years. The 32-year-old woman, who formerly worked for the Yolo County Office of Education (YCOE), was handed one felony embezzlement charge. She is scheduled for an arraignment in Yolo Superior Court on Feb. 6.
The woman reportedly began working for YCOE in 2005, and she was serving as the College and Career Readiness director before her arraignment. After YCOE learned about the alleged embezzlement activity in October 2018, the Woodland Police Department began an investigation, with which YCOE cooperated. During the investigation, investigators allegedly found evidence that the woman was falsifying mileage reports and using a YCOE credit card for her personal expenses.
According to reports, the alleged activities began in 2014 and account for total losses of over $23,000. On Transparent California, an online database that displays pay and pensions, the woman’s income from YCOE was shown to be $132,557 in 2017. The accused woman did not make any public statements about the embezzlement charge immediately following the reports. The YOLO County Superintendent of Schools told reporters that YCOE was cooperating with investigators, but he couldn’t say anything more.
If a person is accused of using a work account to make personal purchases, the activities could lead to embezzlement charges. Typically, an investigation into embezzlement takes many months to complete, and an individual may be aware that he or she is being investigated before charges are actually filed against. A lawyer may be able to help someone in this situation to avoid charges by communicating with employers and developing a defense strategy early on.
Source: Davis Enterprise,” Former county education employee accused of embezzlement,” Lauren Keene, Accessed Dec. 31, 2019