Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Washington State Bookkeeper & Non-Profit Founder Guilty In $530K Embezzlement Scheme

Carina Sunga Borja, 45, of Admiral, Washington, pleaded guilty last week to nine felony charges admitting she embezzled more than $530,000 from two of her bookkeeping clients. Borja was originally charged with 15 counts of first-degree theft in February 2009. Prosecutors alleged Borja transferred funds from her client accounts without their permission over a year and a half period from February 2007 through August 2008. Borja is the founder of the Seattle-based non-profit, Animals First Foundation and reportedly claimed that she took the money to help animals impacted by Hurricane Katrina. As part of her plea agreement, Borja was also ordered to pay $530,000 in restitution. She faces up to 3 1/2 years in prison upon sentencing on August 13th.

Read the story here and here.

Update: Borja was sentenced to 33 months in prison and must pay full restitution.

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