Wednesday, January 28, 2009
California Couple Ordered To Pay $4.6 Million In Civil Damages Resulting From Embezzlement
Joyce R. Jaska, 49 and Wesley Jaska, both of Apple Valley, California, have been ordered by a civil court judge to pay $4.6 million to Barstow Truck Parts, Joyce's former employer, from which she and her husband were convicted of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars. Joyce Jaska was employed as the company's treasurer and was sentenced with her husband, who was also an employee, to 12 years in prison for the embezzlement and filing false tax returns as well as perjury. The Jaska's were originally arrested in 2002 on embezzlement charges. Their attorney claims the arrest was in retaliation for Joyce blowing the whistle on the company for not paying payroll taxes. For their part in the civil case, Barstow Truck Parts documented in their civil case $2.45 million in losses due to Jaska's theft. The judgement includes punitive damages as well. The scheme lasted at least 3 years, from 1999 to 2002.