Thursday, November 27, 2008

California Woman Pleads Guilty To Emebezzling $466K From Orchard

Judith Kaye Power, 52, of Isleton, California, plead guilty Tuesday to charges she embezzled $466,000 from her employer, Steamboat Orchards, a pear farm in Walnut Creek. Power had been employed as a bookkeeper with responsibility for preparing payroll checks, with no signing authority, according to prosecutors. Investigators alleged that from October 16, 2001 to May 31, 2006, Power forged payroll checks and deposited them into her personal banking account. She also submitted fraudulent time cards and false IRS W-2 forms. She faces 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, plus restitution and supervised release upon sentenced, scheduled for February 17, 2009.

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