Tuesday, June 8, 2010
California Vineyard Worker Charged With Embezzling $220K
Ignacio Barboza, 48, of Lodi, California, was arrested last week and charged with grand theft and forgery for allegedly embezzling some $220,000 from the Bokisch Ranches vineyard where he had been employed as a foreman. Barboza is alleged to have falsifyied employee time cards and then pocketing the money. He has reportedly paid back approximately $100,000 in cash and property. Barboza's phantom employee scheme began in 2004 and continued until last month, when he resigned.